EXCLUSIVE: Representative Ken Buck Demands Answers on Facebook’s ‘Censorship of Legitimate Content’
Colorado Republican Representative Ken Buck is demanding Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explain the social media giant’s censorship of content related to the COVID-19 lab leak theory.
“Facebook has had the embarrassing position of having to defend its censorship of legitimate content,” Buck wrote in a letter Thursday, obtained exclusively by the Daily Caller. Buck made reference to the alleged racism of the Lab Leak Theory, as well as a report claiming that Facebook and Instagram are the primary methods of online sex trafficking.
Facebook “delete[s] content that facilitates or coordinates the exploitation of human beings, including human trafficking ”, which he defines“ as the activity of depriving someone of their liberty for profit ”. In some cases, content seeps through moderator cracks, and on other occasions, content is removed that does not violate Facebook standards.
“Much of the content censored by Facebook under the the claim to fight disinformation about COVID-19 was linked to the theory that the virwe could have fled from the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV). Facebook quickly eradicated this public discourse theory in the midst of criticism–including the propaganda branch of the Chinese Communist Party – that the theory was racist, ”Buck wrote.
Zuckerberg has emailed the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), Dr.Anthony Fauci, on several occasions regarding Facebook content related to COVID-19. During the pandemic, Facebook called content associated with the lab leak theory “misinformation,” but no longer does so.
The letter also notes Facebook’s decision to ban reporting based on Hunter Biden’s laptop, calling out the company’s concern leading to “unconditional erasure of damaging reports to then-candidate Joe Biden regarding his son, Hunter Biden … unfounded. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Jim Banks Demands Responses From Facebook Regarding New York Post Reporting On Hunter Biden)
Buck calls the “value misalignment” that leads Facebook to “politics.[e] speech which is constitutionally protected ”while“ fail[ing] to effectively filter illegal and abusive content… deeply disconcerting.
A report from the Human Trafficking Institute found that “59 percent of internet users recruitment of victims in active sex trafficking cases has taken place on Facebook.
Facebook did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller’s request for comment.
Zuckerberg told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that he supports the amendments to Section 230, the law that regulates publishers and producers of Internet content. Zuckerberg’s preferred regulations would require larger platforms, like Facebook, “to have systems in place to identify illicit content and delete it. Platforms should not be held responsible if particular content escapes its detection. “
Buck slammed the proposal, saying “codify the status quo and not solve the ubiquitous problems on Facebook. “
A critic of big tech companies, Buck called that the federal government dismantles Facebook after its supervisory board ruled that former President Donald Trump will remain suspended from the platform for two years. He frequently attacks Apple’s use of slave labor in China.
Read the letter here:
Letter from Buck Zuckerberg by Michael Ginsberg