Facebook appears to be “shadow banning” the non-profit education site PragerU, founded by talk-host Dennis Prager, causing a drop in engagement of 99.9999 percent while outright removing two videos regarded as “hate speech.”
The title of the offending videos are “Make Men Masculine Again” and “Where are the Moderate Muslims?”
the severe limiting of PragerU’s page is similar to what the social-media platform did to the conservative commentating duo Diamond and Silk, who testified about Facebook’s censorship before Congress last month.
PragerU, which produces educational videos on conservative issues, has 3 million followers on Facebook, but almost none of its audience saw recent posts.
A screenshot of the dashboard for PragerU’s Facebook page shows the last nine posts have reached between one and three followers while previous posts have reached between 50,000 and 95,000.
YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, also has censored PragerU videos, prompting .
PragerU CEO Marissa Streit previously commented on tech censorship.
“There’s been a lot of outrage in our culture, and while I’m the last person to advocate for even more hysteria, this is one issue that should unite all Americans, on either side of the political spectrum, in our collective outrage over internet censorship,” she said.
Streit said that if companies such as Google are allowed to “operate as authoritarian tyrants who control the flow of information,” the information age will become a dark age, and what we currently understand as freedom of speech will become distorted and twisted until it isn’t really free speech at all.”
As , Facebook, YouTube and Apple banned commentator Alex Jones and his Infowars website within hours of each other.
moderate Muslims and counter-terrorist activists are increasingly being restricted by Silicon Valley, while terrorist content remains on social-media platforms, according to researchers.