Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill. April 11, 2018. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
(CNSNews.com) – Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) is calling for an objective third party to audit Facebook, to see if what some former employees allege is true — that Facebook muzzles conservative news and views.
On Tuesday, former U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) released an eight-page interim report, commissioned by Facebook and prepared by Kyl and his law firm, that concluded Facebook’s policies and their application “have the potential to restrict free expression.”
The report said the danger “must be taken very seriously,” and it said Facebook “has taken some steps to address the concerns we uncovered.” “But,” said the report, “there is still significant work to be done to satisfy the concerns we heard from conservatives.”
Sen. Kennedy told Fox News on Wednesday evening he remains doubtful about Facebook’s impartiality and intentions:
Facebook is a fine American company, a great success story. I’m proud of them, but Facebook has a casual relationship with the truth. And let’s face the facts, Facebook is no longer a company, it’s a country. It’s got 2 billion users. It a can influence what we buy, how we vote, what we think, even how we feel.
And nobody on Capitol Hill understands what Facebook is doing or its motivation.
If Facebook is serious about convincing both Democrats and Republicans that it is unbiased and impartial, then Facebook needs to invite in a third party, an objective third party, to do an audit and see if it is true as was alleged by former Facebook employees in 1986 in an article that Facebook puts its thumb on the scale and suppresses the information from conservatives and promotes information from certain left-leaning news sites.
Now I didn’t just make that up. These are former Facebook employees. I don’t know if it’s true or not. But I don’t want to get hit by the same truck twice here. We trusted Facebook, and we know from the things Facebook has said and the way things turned out that Facebook has a casual relationship with the truth. So you know, put me down as doubtful.
The report on Facebook produced by Kyl said, “we will continue to analyze the issues that conservatives are most concerned about.”
Baloney, said concerned conservatives:
“We have waited over a year for Facebook to properly address the long list of issues raised by the conservative movement, but have received nothing of substance in return,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell said in a statement following the release of Kyl’s report.
“The audit released today by former Senator Kyl is shamefully more of the same.
“Kyl spoke with representatives from some 130 conservative organizations, but their complaints fell on deaf ears. While this audit may list some of the issues we’ve raised, it stunningly fails to admit fault or wrongdoing. The ‘changes and commitments’ Facebook has proposed in response are empty and insulting.”
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