Political bias on social media platforms is a real issue… and one that covers a lot of ground. Worse, however, is how some social media companies themselves have actively tried to censor right-wing voices. Twitter has long had a reputation as one of the worst offenders — and now even Jack Dorsey, the controversial platform’s left-leaning CEO, admits they went too far.
Conservatives have known for a long time that Twitter was biased against them. A right-wing comment, even if it was something uncontroversial, could get your account banned from the platform — while proponents of the Left could not only get away with the most outrageous and vile statements, they could even hang on to the coveted “blue tick” verification mark while they did it. None of this is news. However, with the so-called “learn to code” controversy, Twitter’s pro-left bias has started to get noticed.
- In late January, a number of journalists who had been made redundant from Buzzfeed and other publications started to get tweets that contained the hashtag #learntocode.
- This was a humorous response to articles such as “Can Coal Miners Learn to Code,” well-meaning but stupid suggestions that people who had been made redundant from traditional industries could become computer programmers.
- However, following a series of misleading articles by a left-wing journalist at NBC claiming the hashtag was “targeted harassment,” Twitter began taking action against anyone who used it.
- Twitter executive Vijaya Gadde, appearing on the Joe Rogan Experience with Jack Dorsey and journalist Tim Pool, at first claimed that only people who made death threats or had broken other Twitter rules were suspended. However, when Pool pointed out that various people — all on the political Right, and including the managing editor of The Daily Caller — had been suspended for tweeting nothing but the hashtag, she admitted that the hashtag itself had been targeted and that mistakes had been made.
- Dorsey eventually intervened in the discussion and admitted that Twitter had been “way too aggressive” in its reaction to the hashtag.
- Pool then reminded Dorsey that prominent Leftists like Kathy Griffin are allowed to promote violence on Twitter, while anyone on the Right can be suspended for “offenses” like refusing to use someone’s preferred pronouns.
- Twitter still has a blatant left-wing bias, but it’s now becoming a public issue. If social media platforms like this don’t start to act in a more even-handed way, they’re going to become a real menace to our society.