Rep. Matt Gaetz says Mark Zuckerberg lied to Congress… in 2018

Citing Zuckerberg’s 2018 testimony, Gaetz says that Zuckerberg lied to Congress when he described Fb as “politically impartial.” He mentioned {that a} current report from Challenge Veritas, the right-wing activist group identified for doubtful “undercover” investigations, proves the social community unfairly censors conservatives. Challenge Veritas has a historical past of hidden digicam “stings” that use deceptively-edited video to gas outrage towards YouTube executives, CNN, George Soros and different liberal boogeyman. (Notably, Challenge Veritas founder James O’Keefe pleaded responsible to misdemeanor fees in 2010 after being arrested for attempting to tamper with a Senator’s telephone.)

Fb didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, however claims that the social community is biased towards conservatives is nothing new. Republican officers have lengthy accused Fb (and different social media firms) of discriminating towards their viewpoints. 

Gaetz makes no point out of the truth that Zuckerberg and Fb have repeatedly declined to truth verify or in any other case apply their guidelines to President Trump, and that an official review into conservatives’ grievances has up to now turned up little proof. Posts from conservative media additionally consistently rank among the many most widely-shared tales on the platform, and multiple reports counsel Fb has actually shut down proposed adjustments that will disproportionately have an effect on conservatives. 

The letter comes days earlier than a high-profile antitrust listening to, scheduled for Wednesday, when Zuckerberg will seem, alongside together with his counterparts from Apple, Google and Amazon. That Gaetz, a member of the committee, would ship his letter simply days earlier than the listening to suggests he plans to grill Zuckerberg on extra than simply Fb’s market dominance.