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According to a new poll published by the Washington Examiner/YouGov has found that three out of four registered voters think that social media companies have way too much pull and influence over the kind of news that users see and read, with a large swath of the population believing these companies are politically biased.
The poll found that nearly 76 percent of individuals surveyed thought that social media companies have far too much influence, compared to a measly six percent who thought they had too little. A scrawny 11 percent said they have just the right amount of influence.
These results come after social media giants Facebook and Twitter suppressed sharing a story about emails purportedly obtained from a computer belonging to Hunter Biden that could create political problems for his father, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, shortly before the election. Republicans have charged Twitter and Facebook with making an “in-kind contribution” to Biden’s campaign by preventing users from sharing the news on their platforms. Conservatives have been pressing Senate Republicans to hold hearings on the social media companies’ handling of this story soon.
In the same poll, the public is split on the question of whether the former vice president has been honest about his son’s business activities in other countries.
A plurality of registered voters, 39%, believe social media bans have been biased against the Republican Party. This includes a huge majority of Republicans at 82% and a plurality of independents at 37%, though only 6% of Democrats agree.
“Another 20% of registered voters believe that social media is biased against both parties. This includes 28% of Democrats and 26% of independents, though only 6% of Republicans agree,” W. James Antle III wrote in his report.
“Just 9% think social media content bans are biased against Democrats, with 2% of Republicans and 6% of independents agreeing. Even among Democrats, this figure stands at only 15%,” he continued.
Lots of individuals who participated in the survey stated they supported Congress stepping in and regulating social media companies to help curb potential bias, with 55 percent saying they should go for it, while 25 percent said not to, and 20 percent who weren’t sure.
This same poll found that 69 percent of Republicans support those kind of actions being taken.
A total of 57 percent said that social media platforms should only restrict content they know for sure is false.
At the end of the day, this should send a message to those in charge of social media companies. Stop pushing your own political agenda. You’ve become the public square of our day and age. Be fair and balanced, allowing everyone to have a voice without being censored.
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