CNN’s even confirmed that Facebook changed its policies following email exchanges with Biden officials, but then they go on to quote Democrat activists who are complaining that the social media network isn’t censoring enough conservative content.
The emails seen by CNN show that the Biden campaign tried to have a video from Donald Trump Jr. in September 2020 censored during the 2020 election that was calling for supporters to monitor early voting and counting boards.
Biden campaign officials characterized the video as a call for violence, because Don Trump Jr used the term “army” to refer to the volunteer effort, claims that were rejected by Facebook at the time.
After a Facebook official responded explaining the video did not violate the site’s policies that would warrant its removal, the Biden official responded with exasperation.
“The Trump Campaign has received the message that they may put videos on your platform saying that millions of fraudulent votes will be used to steal the election. And the solution to that is for ‘able-bodied people’ to enlist in an ‘army.’ So, their shrieks of fraud compound and their calls to ‘enlist’ multiply. Good gracious,” the Biden official wrote. “I struggle to believe that is the precedent you are intending to set.”
Facebook and Twitter did eventually add “misinformation” labels to the video, and Facebook later instituted a new rule that would ban future videos just like it.
The video of Trump Jr. was also posted to Twitter which also allowed the video to remain on its site. Both companies affixed labels to the videos pointing to accurate information about voting.
The following month, Facebook brought in a new policy against militarized language and polling locations, but the policy did not apply retrospectively, meaning Trump Jr.’s video could stay on the platform.
CNN quotes a few democrat activists in the report, one of whom is quoted by CNN as calling Facebook — which has banned President Donald Trump, pending a review in two years, as well as numerous other high-profile conservatives — a “right-wing propaganda machine.”