Big Tech Really Did Censor Conservatives

( )- Last week, the Media Research Center released details on a study on the impact Big Tech censorship has in discriminating against conservatives, not just by censoring them online but also through what it describes as “secondhand censorship.”

According to its study, when conservative leaders and organizations get censored on nearly every major social media platform, there is a resulting “secondhand” effect, namely social media users who follow those accounts are impacted by that censorship as well because that information is being kept from them.

In the first quarter of 2022, social media users were affected by “secondhand censorship” over 140 million times.

The MRC’s identified and verified more than 4,000 individual cases of censorship on social media. Using 172 cases from the first quarter of the year, the analysis showed that the audiences of those individuals and organizations were prevented from seeing information from those censored individuals or organizations a total of 144,301,713 times.

MRC cited some of the worst examples of secondhand censorship, including Donald Trump whose 90 million followers were cut off from interacting with him after he was censored by social media.

According to the analysis from its CensorTrack database, during the first quarter, MRC found that Facebook was the worst offender, with users facing secondhand censorship 86,627,526 times. YouTube came in second with 23,543,230 occurrences of secondhand censorship while Twitter was the third worst offender, with 17,065,054.

But the Big Three weren’t the only ones engaging in secondhand censorship.

MRC found secondhand censorship also affected Spotify users at least 11 million times, Instagram users 3,828,826 times, and TikTok users 2,083,866 times. Even LinkedIn users were affected 16,211 times during the first quarter of 2022.

Among the content censored during the first quarter of the year were the war in Ukraine, race-related content, trans issues, abortion, and, of course, COVID-19.

YouTube used content filters to hamstring Fox News, claiming Fox videos were “inappropriate or offensive.” In total, MRC found that subscribers to Fox’s YouTube channel were affected by secondhand censorship 9,180,000.