Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has targeted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg with a criminal referral, saying that he made materially false statements to Congress twice in 2018 about his platform’s bias against conservative speech.
Gaetz contends that a Project Veritas expose in June showed conclusively that Zuckerberg’s contention that Facebook did not have a left-bias was false. Several employee whistleblowers testified and made recordings that showed “the overwhelming majority of content filtered by Facebook’s AI program was content in support of President Donald Trump, Republican candidates for office, or conservatism in general,” Gaetz said.
Gaetz now “questions Zuckerberg’s veracity, as well as his willingness to cooperate with the House’s oversight authority,” and he also said that Zuckerberg was demonstrably “diverting congressional resources during time-sensitive investigations, and materially impeding our work.”
The congressman wants the DOJ to investigate whether Zuckerberg lied to Congress and impeded its attempts to figure out whether big tech has a bias problem.
I’m not hopeful Zuckerberg and other social media heads will ever be held accountable for their gross unfairness and bias, but I applaud Gaetz and others for trying.
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