Sen. Marsha Blackburn: 'We Know Facebook Subjectively Manipulates Their Algorithms'

Nick Kangadis | May 14, 2020
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During a Thursday morning video conference on Zoom, Sen Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) spoke candidly about Facebook's alleged bias against conservatives and people and organizations that reside right-of-center politically.

"I think it's important also to realize that we know Facebook subjectively manipulates their algorithms," Blackburn said. "And they push forward information that they are in agreement with when it comes to preferencing, when it comes to prioritizing."

Earlier in her comments, Blackburn quoted Facebook CEO Mark Zukcerberg and used his own words against the social media giant.

"And I think one of the things we have to keep in mind as we talk about what is going to happen with free speech online is that Mark Zuckerberg, at one point when he was going through congressional hearings, had made a comment that Facebook functions more like a government than a company," said Blackburn.

The Zuckerberg quote Blackburn referenced was first reported on by The Guardian in 2017.

"In a lot of ways, Facebook is more like a government than a traditional company," Zuckerberg reportedly said.

A video forum on Facebook's radical oversight board featured Media Research Center (MRC) President Brent Bozell, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, First Liberty President Kelly Shackelford and Blackburn as speakers.

For video of Blackburn's  full comments, watch below:


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