Meet the Press this week with George Stephanopoulos asked me to be on yesterday and talk about this Facebook thing. I just want to address it with you today instead.
I never said that there isn’t bias on Facebook or that Facebook doesn’t lean strongly left as a platform. What I have said is I have not seen any evidence that there is a concerted organized effort from Facebook’s leadership, including their algorithms that purposefully skew things or try to suppress conservative topics or stories.
Now, I brought up a few minutes ago, Steven Crowder. Steven Crowder is — and some other conservatives as well — claiming that they believe Facebook does willfully and knowingly suppress topics, organizations and users who suppress conservative views. And I believe that they earnestly believe that, that they have been unfairly treated by Facebook on certain products, like trending topics. I’m not saying that they haven’t been unfairly treated or that bias from Facebook employees doesn’t exist. I’m saying I haven’t been presented with that evidence.
Listen to this segment from The Glenn Beck Program:
Last week, one of the guys said that he has seen his traffic go down 50 percent, and it’s because he’s a conservative, when they changed the algorithm. But even he admitted that Huffington Post had gone down 70 percent because of the same algorithm change. So it’s clearly not a conservative bias.
Facebook is a privately-owned, publicly-traded company a private platform. They aren’t under any obligation to share their algorithm, nor should they. This is like going to a drug company and saying, “Hey, we know you have a license for this, we know you invented it, but you should give us the formula.” No. They are a private company, publicly traded. It is their rules, not ours. And if we don’t like it, we can leave at any time, but I don’t suggest it because Facebook is the medium of the future.
What is frightening to me is that so many so-called conservatives, who are actually progressive Republicans — and note, this does not include Crowder who has openly stated that Facebook is privately owned — but these conservatives, these progressives that would make claims against Facebook as if they had any right whatsoever to demand or lay claim on something that was invented and owned by someone else. Those who believe they have such a claim should check their premise.
Their premise is wrong. Their premise is not based on anything that is conservative. Facebook — listen to me, listen to me carefully — Facebook is by design a social platform. Zuckerberg claims he wants to have a fully open platform where users control the flow, trend and scope of all ideas shared. That means, there will never be balance or fairness on Facebook, no matter what technology and what the technology team does. Any wholly-open platform like that will always tend towards left-leaning ideas and themes getting more attention.
If it is truly open, it will still lead to more left-leaning ideas.
Why? Because this is the psychology of the left. People on the left need to be heard, need to be validated. In order to feel whole, they have to be. They are psychologically addicted to having their ideas validated by others because reality doesn’t validate their ideas. Because reality shows them that they are wrong, they must have others validate their ideas. Conservatives don’t have a psychological need to be cheered on and validated by others because our ideas are validated in the real world. That’s why we’re not engaged like the left is. We see it work, so we just go to work and continue to do it.
It’s only when the world starts rejecting the real world, and we enter into this upside down world, where nothing is based in reality, that we truly get frustrated.
Conservatives are less likely to be posting, we are less likely to be shrieking to be listened to, whining until someone gives us the thumbs up. In life, correct moral principles applied to situations provide their own validation. It’s called success.
A platform like that also gives leftists the consequence-free opportunity to attack others with the three major weapons that they hold: fear, shame and guilt. That’s what they have. They can shame others. They can make others feel guilty. They can incite fear by shouting at anyone who disagrees with them and face little opposition or consequence of reprisal by way of debate or by their claims being proven false.
Facebook isn’t set up that way. It doesn’t use crowdsourcing to fact-check. It uses popularity to push ideas forward to the top of the feed. It’s not based on reality. It’s based on a constantly flowing stream of consciousness that isn’t associated with reality. So nobody should expect parity. Nobody should expect balance. Nobody should expect fairness on a platform like that because it will never exist.
For people on the left, Facebook is a highly addictive thing because it finally gives them exactly what everybody has always needed: Social validation of irrational ideas, disconnecting from the correcting mechanisms of reality.
That means they are far more likely to be the loudest and the most ardent users. Have you ever wondered why conservatives don’t use social media? That’s why. It’s not that we’re just busy. We’re busy validating the ideas that work in reality.
So there is nothing that Zuckerberg or his employees need to do in order to — in order for bias to exist or dominate. Because of the psychological needs of the people on the left, they will always rise up and take over when it comes to popularity. They need it more than we do.
Now, here’s the thing, people will say, “Well, they use the New York Times, they’ll replace things. Let’s say Breitbart breaks a story, and then they’ll go in and they’ll look for that story. Did anybody else report on that story? How about the New York Times?
People do that. That is normal for a mainstream media organization to do. They will use and they will look at the biggest source that they can find on that story because it gives that story more credibility than it would from TheBlaze over the New York Times.
But the progressives in Silicon Valley don’t really fully understand that if you’ve been on the receiving end of the New York Times blasting over and over again, it’s not the same to conservatives.
Fox News is more like the New York Times. And if there was really, truly balance — or if there was really, truly fraud going on, if there was really, truly somebody trying to shut down ideas — Fox News wouldn’t be the biggest source on all of Facebook. It’s the biggest news organization. But outside of that, what do you have? The Wall Street Journal? What other big credible news divisions are there? We know what the left has: ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the Washington Post, the New York Times. I could go on.
What do we have? What giant news organization do we have? What giant network do we have?
The news organizations that we were starting have so badly degraded themselves on principles that we’re becoming everything we despise. That doesn’t lead to credibility. That doesn’t lead to a larger voice.
I put a lot of thought into this in the last 18 months and even more in the last eight. But I’m changing TheBlaze entirely for an entirely new world. By the end of the year, it won’t be the same Blaze because I don’t think it works this way anymore. And I don’t think we can be separate organizations anymore. I mean, we can be separate, but we need to start coming together. We need to start working together. We need to stop doubling our efforts.
We need to start finding the people that will actually . . . this has been a great blessing, this last election, because you see who actually will stand by their principles. Who is it that will really, truly stand up?
This meeting with Facebook was really, really informative to me. Now, I’m sure — and I’m only saying Tucker Carlson because he has quoted me; I didn’t quote him, he has quoted me — but what he is saying about what he said at the meeting is not true. It was quotas that he was talking about — quotas. Three percent of the population is Mormon. That was his quote — three percent. So I’m not saying that we go there that far, but shouldn’t it be representative of how many conservatives there are? Shouldn’t you hire that way? That’s a quota. Quotas don’t work. Quotas don’t work. And the only ones that believe that are progressives on the right and progressives on the left. And they’ve already exposed themselves. Progressives are who progressives are and they always will be.
The question is, do you want to continue to play the game that the progressive right wants you to play? Will you see the smears for what they are? Will you actually look and say, “I am violating my principles by trying to fix a problem, I would violate my principles, so that can’t be the answer.”
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