Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified before the European Parliament on Tuesday and during his testimony Nigel Farage, the British politician behind the Brexit vote, accused Zuckerberg and Facebook of intentional and “willful discrimination” of conservative publishers on the platform.
My message to Mark Zuckerberg today:
Stop telling us Facebook is a “platform for all ideas”. The evidence shows your algorithms censor conservative opinions. pic.twitter.com/HWLabaDcP9
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) May 22, 2018
“you have changed your algorithms and it has led directly to a very substantial drop in views and engagements for those that have got right of center political opinions.”
Mr Farage, the MEP for South East England said: “Mr Zuckerberg, I am the largest user of Facebook in all the European Union institutions in terms of followers, in terms of engagement, so I’m your best client here in the room.
“I have no idea of the value of that but I am pleased to see you as I hope you are pleased to see me.
“The one slight problem I have, I was watching very carefully the testimony you gave on Capitol Hill.
“Time and again people asked you ‘Is this genuinely a neutral political platform?’
“You come up with the same line, again and again, it is well-crafted.
“You say Facebook is a platform for all ideas.
“Now historically it is true that through Facebook and other forms of social media, there is no way that Brexit or Trump or the Italian elections could ever possibly of happened.
“It was social media that allowed people to get around the back of mainstream media.
“Now, perhaps you are horrified by this creation and what it has led to, I don’t know but what is absolutely true is that since January of this year, you have changed your algorithms and it has led directly to a very substantial drop in views and engagements for those that have got right of center political opinions.”