A database that tracks Big Tech censorship of President Joe Biden’s critics has found more than 640 examples of bias against posts that could politically damage the president.
The Media Research Center’s CensorTrack database counted 646 cases of bans, deleted content, and other speech restrictions placed on anti-Biden content between March 10, 2022, and March 10, 2022, MRC Free Speech America said in a report.
Over that two-year period, 140 cases of censorship were directed at individuals who shared or posted about the New York Post’s confirmed reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop story. When the story was first published, social media companies suppressed the ability of users to share it, claiming the information obtained from Hunter Biden’s laptop was unverified. Twitter locked the New York Post’s account for 17 days and banned users from sharing the story, in the most egregious example of censorship.
But the largest category of censored posts was comedic memes, videos, or generic posts about Biden’s allegedly creepy behavior toward women and girls, with 232 examples of such posts flagged for violating content moderation policies on Big Tech platforms.
In one example, Facebook reportedly deleted a user’s post for violating community standards on “nudity or sexual activity.” The offending post showed three photos of Biden reportedly kissing his granddaughter on the lips, with a caption that read, “Find someone who kisses you the way Joe Biden kisses his granddaughter.”
Other censored posts include conservative groups using Biden’s own statements to criticize his record.
For instance, a Facebook post from Heritage Action, a sister organization of the conservative Heritage Foundation, was censored on March 15 for blaming inflation on the president by quoting Biden’s statements on energy policy.
Heritage Action shared a video of Biden explaining how his policies would case gas prices to skyrocket, but Facebook fact-checkers determined the video was “missing context” by leaving out other factors that contribute to gas price inflation, including the COVID-19 pandemic and OPEC’s reluctance to sell more oil. Facebook placed a filter over the video, suppressing the post’s reach.
In another example, Instagram removed two posts from Breaking 911 that quoted Biden in his own words. The first post quoted Biden expressing concerns over people who oppose vaccine mandates, saying, “Freedom! … I have the freedom to kill you with my COVID. No, I mean, come on! Freedom?!” A second post featured Biden blasting former President Donald Trump’s decision to leave the Paris climate accords, quoting him saying, “When Pres. Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord … the agreement was that we could not, if we reached beyond 1.5°C increase in temperature, we’re gone. Not a joke. Not a joke. And so, we decided that, he pulled out – first thing I committed to do was rejoin that accord.”
A screenshot of the removed posts showed Instagram claiming they promoted “violence and incitement.”
According to MRC, the CensorTrack database has logged more than 3,600 cases of censorship on multiple Big Tech platforms on issues ranging from elections, COVID-19, climate change, and race.
The list of censorship targets includes prominent Republican politicians like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.); news outlets including the New York Post, the Washington Free Beacon, and the Federalist; satire website the Babylon Bee; and various right-wing celebrities and media personalities.