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PALO ALTO, Calif. – Silicon Valley residents believe social media companies should be impartial when monitoring and censoring content, they told Fox News.
Bay Area companies Twitter, Facebook and Google have been accused of unevenly moderating and censoring content posted by users on their sites. Recently, Twitter suspended Defiant L’s, known for posting side-by-side screenshots to display the alleged hypocrisy of prominent left-leaning figures, citing a violation of “ban evasion”.
“Most social media apps are pretty left-wing,” Palo Alto resident Jeff told Fox News. “If someone on the right says something that goes against what they believe in, they shouldn’t shut them up. We should give them the platform to listen.”
Maria, a Stanford student, told Fox News, “Tech companies are self-interested players, they’re not impartial, and ultimately they want their profit margins to be as big as possible.”
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“One thing you can do on one platform or get in trouble because it’s not the same on the others,” Anthony said, “It’s not regulated the same way.”
Another Silicon Valley resident, Steve, said it’s scary how companies in such a liberal and open-minded place restrict conversations.
“Twitter, Facebook, Google use their power to censor conservatives or just people they disagree with,” Steve said.
“Something needs to be done because they’re not living up to what they’re supposed to be.”
Earlier this year, Google and Twitter employees flooded Democratic campaigns and committees with money, campaign finance records show.
Top donors to Google, owner of YouTube, gave 94% of their total political contributions in 2022 to Democratsas are 99% of Twitter employee donations, records show.
Another resident told Fox News, “I’ve had a lot of friends on Facebook throughout my life, and some are on the far left and some are on the far right. I love reading all their different comments, their point of view, and then I can make my own decision.”
One resident, Demariae, said social media companies should do a better job of restricting certain content “because there is propaganda spreading on the internet”.
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Jeff said it was dangerous to give platforms such as Facebook and Twitter the power to post content.
“There has to be a certain line drawn on both sides,” he said.
Anthony proposed that the solution comes from the big tech companies themselves.
“The last thing I think anyone wants is for the government to really interfere in private matters,” Anthony said.
But Maria said social media companies shouldn’t be responsible for deciding content guidelines.
“There needs to be a bigger body like this, more impartial, that regulates and moderates these social media platforms,” she told Fox News.
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“The algorithm…seems to target certain groups,” Demariae added.
Joe Schoffstall contributed to this report.