Facebook does not censor conservative news and political posts on its platform, according to a three-year study conducted by Media Matters for America.
In fact, the opposite is true, as Media Matters found that right-leaning pages earned more total interactions than left-leaning or nonaligned pages between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2022.
Of the nearly 37B total interactions, right-leaning pages chalked up 16B (42 percent) of them. Nonaligned pages took 33 percent and left-learning pages scored 25 percent.
Five right-leaning pages made the Top Ten interactions list.
Those pages include Ben Shapiro, Fox News, Donald Trump, Breibart and Dan Bongino. [Trump made the cut though he was suspended from FB for most of 2021 and all of 2022.]
CNN, People and ABC News grabbed three nonaligned slots, while the two left pages in the Top Ten belong to Occupy Democrats and The Other 98 Percent.
My hunch is the conservatives will reject the Media Matters report as “fake news” to retain their mantle of victimhood.
Companies bow before anti-woke crowd… Corporate executives are becoming more tight-lipped when it comes to talking about ESG initiatives.
They want to dodge the fate suffered by Anheuser-Busch in the aftermath of using transgender woman Dylan Mulvaney to pitch Bud Light in April. [The Mulvaney plug triggered a boycott that enabled Modelo Especial to overtake Bud Light as the No. 1 US beer brand in May.]
AlphaSense, financial research platform, found a 31 percent decline in mentions of ESG, DEI or sustainability initiatives during 575 financial earnings calls from April 1 to June 5 compared to last year.
Some of the ESG-hushing may be due to pressure to boost financial results during these uncertain economic times or a desire to prevent the over-hyping of social initiatives as the Securities and Exchange Commission prepares new climate disclosure rules.
“The easiest thing to do is to just stay out of the conversation and emphasize other facets of business that are going to be perceived as less controversial and more core to the traditional metrics of the business,” Jason Jay, sustainability lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology told the Wall Street Journal.
Does Joe Biden have a secret weapon to ensure another term in office. Koch Industries chair Charles Koch certainly thinks so. It’s The Donald himself.
The Koch-affiliated Americans for Prosperity Action PAC is running digital ads in early GOP primary and caucus states Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada calling Donald Trump’s Biden’s secret weapon.
“It’s easy to see why Democrats want Trump. It’s Biden’s ticket to re-election,” says the ad’s voice-over.
Koch and APA are right on target. As former attorney general Bill Barr told Fox News, Trump is “toast” even if only half of the 49-page federal indictment of him is true.
Likewise, Biden is toast if he runs for re-election against any Republican not named Trump.