Facebook includes Breitbart on “high quality” news tabPosted by Ivan Trendafilov / October 27, 2019
Facebook is facing backlash after it included the infamous news site Breitbart on its new “high quality” news tab. That news outlet has been widely criticized for posting extremist, “alt-right” content and conspiracy theories.
It should come as no surprise that Facebook did this, given that Zuckerberg has been meeting in private with conservative journalists and even politicians. Now, it doesn’t matter what his exact political leanings are personally, but it absolutely matters what they are if they’re going to influence his social media platform, which is arguably (and sadly) the most influential force in the upcoming elections. That he’s meeting with these folks in secret and Facebook is apparently anti-Warren are both very dangerous facts.
Zuckerberg was recorded calling Elizabeth Warren’s campaign an “existential” threat to Facebook. Zuckerberg also met with Donald Trump, after which Facebook announced it would no longer fact check or otherwise censor political content. Coincidence? Warren doesn’t think so. In a series of tweets, she called out Facebook for its political bias.
Warren has a right to be worried by Facebook’s bias. She’s on the rise in the polls, but misinformation on Facebook can be very dangerous. According to a weekly Economist/YouGov poll, Elizabeth Warren has surpassed Joe Biden and now leads the primary field by 4%. She has been enjoying a surge in the polls in recent weeks, and now she is the contender to beat.
Warren also leads Joseph Biden in an Iowa poll. According to the Des Moines Register, Warren has a 2% lead over Biden, with 22% of likely caucusgoers listing her as first choice for president. Twenty-percent favor Biden, with only 11% favoring Bernie Sanders.
Warren has been gaining steam for awhile now. According to several polls in early September, the top five Democrats are all beating Trump in a projected 2020 election. Bernie Sanders, for example, was 12 points up on Trump in that poll, and Warren was 11 points over Trump. This represents a big gain for Warren––an additional four points since July. Compared to other Democratic candidates for presidential nomination, Warren is the woman to beat since she is seen more favorably than any other Democratic candidate.
But she has also been a vocal advocate for raising taxes on corporations and the super-rich. No wonder Zuckerberg hates her.