• Zuckerberg Admits His Company Did Wrong to Pro-Life Group — but Will Anything Change?

    Surge Summary: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared to admit to a Republican Senator last week that his company was unfair in the way it treated pro-life Live Action’s founder Lila Rose. Will this mark the beginning of any real change at Facebook? Many are dubious.

    Pro-Life champion and Live Action founder Lila Rose tweeted Thursday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted his social-media-giant company was “wrong” to censor her pro-life group’s content.

    Faithwire’s Tré Goins-Phillips writes:

    Zuckerberg reportedly offered the admission during a meeting Thursday with Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), one of the four lawmakers who sent a letter to Facebook earlier this month, rebuking the social media site for its censorship of Live Action’s content based on a seemingly biased fact-check of pro-life videos featuring Rose, who argued abortion is “never medically necessary.”

    Rose tweeted a miscellany of thoughts:

    BREAKING: In a meeting today with @HawleyMO, Mark Zuckerberg said @facebook was wrong to censor me & @LiveAction, that there was clear bias, and that the “fact checkers” were activists.

    And …

    We have yet to receive any apology from @Facebook.

    Thousands of my FB followers were sent push notifications saying I spread “false” news.

    The bogus “fact check” by the abortionists who have publicly called for our deplatforming is still up on the Health Feedback website.

    And …

    The problem is bigger than @Facebook’s censorship of us. They lack transparency & honesty. They claim to be neutral but don’t act that way. They enjoy privileges as a platform, but act like a far-Left, politically motivated publisher. This affects ALL news & content shared on FB.

    Despite Zuckerberg’s outward mea culpa, the thirty-one-year-old anti-abortion activist said there’s been no “apology” extended to her directly from Zuckerberg or a Facebook representative.

    All of this started in late August, when Facebook notified Live Action that two of its videos constituted “false news” because the left-leaning fact-checking website Health Feedback, whose writers have been actively opposed to Live Action and the pro-life cause, described Rose’s assertions about abortion as “inaccurate.”

    Notwithstanding Zuckerberg’s apparent admission and the mollifying words to Hawley, the Live Action founder isn’t convinced Facebook’s actions and its culture of censorship are no longer a concern.

    “They lack transparency [and] honesty,” she wrote. “They claim to be neutral but don’t act that way. They enjoy privileges as a platform, but act like a far-Left, politically motivated publisher. This affects all news [and] content shared on [Facebook].”

    Rose said she is dedicated to continuing to fight for her right to publish content unencumbered by Facebook’s political interests, noting Live Action has spent “hard-won [money]” to share content on the website.

    Faithwire reached out to allegedly open and transparent Facebook for comment. As of late last week? No FB representative had responded to their request.

    Facebook has been making some additional reassuring noises lately about their commitment to practice fairness and eliminate biases on their platform sites. Consider, for instance, August’s report on results of an audit into FB’s alleged anti-conservative bias conducted by former GOP senator Jon Kyle.

    That said, many observers remain skeptical, absent any further evidence, that the Zuckerberg-founded corporation is, in fact, changing. It’s likely Facebook has a long way to go before winning back the confidence of conservative users.

    H/T: Faithwire/Tré Goins-Phillips

    Image: adapted from: Anthony Quintano from Honolulu, HI, United States – Mark Zuckerberg F8 2018 Keynote, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=79154080

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