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Ted Cruz Nails Mark Zuckerberg's Liberal Bias

In yesterday’s joint session of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees the star of the show wasn’t Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it was conservative Texas Senator Ted Cruz who drilled down on Facebook’s liberal bias.

The exchange stood out, noted NBC News, in large part because many of the other senators seemed reluctant Ted Cruz Mark Zuckerbergto go after the Facebook founder.

Cruz said many Americans are “deeply concerned” that Facebook engaged in a “pattern of bias and political censorship” in recent years, Cruz said. He listed the Conservative Political Action Conference, a House Republican investigation into the IRS and Glenn Beck, a conservative media personality who was among Cruz’s most high-profile supporters, as victims of potential bias at Facebook.

Cruz, who has been known since his Princeton debate team days as a gleefully caustic interlocutor, clearly arrived in the meeting chamber in the Hart Senate Office Building with a plan of attack observed Time magazine’s Nash Jenkins.

Only before the first five-minute bathroom break of Zuckerberg’s lengthy hearing did he choose to execute it. And when he did, for a few moments, Zuckerberg appeared on edge.

“Does Facebook consider itself a neutral public forum?” Cruz asked Zuckerberg innocently.

“Senator, we consider ourselves to be a platform for ideas,” Zuckerberg replied.

It was a canned marketing point, and Cruz — with an air that suggested he knew Zuckerberg had walked into his trap — retorted with a more pointed query. “Are you a First Amendment speaker expressing your views or are you a neutral public forum allowing everyone to speak?” Cruz demanded according to Jenkin’s report.

It’s a worthwhile question in the second decade of the twenty-first century, as the internet continues to grow from a mere communications system to a plane on which we conduct our everyday lives, demanding new considerations of speech rights and the privatization of public space observed Jenkins.

Zuckerberg said there was no such effort to harm conservatives and also rebuffed Cruz’s suggestion that a Facebook employee might have been fired over political differences with the company’s leadership.

But Cruz was having none of it.

As Nash Jenkins reported, the Texas Senator proceeded to rattle off a laundry list of examples: A “Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day” page that was banned in 2012, around the time that homosexuals were organizing a boycott of the fast-food chain after its chief operating officer spoke in favor of traditional marriage. Diamond and Silk, the outspoken Trump fangirls who were reportedly told by Facebook this month that their “content and brand” were “unsafe to the community.” Palmer Luckey, the virtual reality prodigy who parted ways with Facebooks after it was reported that he backed a pro-Trump conservative group that trafficked in anti-Hillary Clinton content.

Senator Cruz’s question was related to what The Vege’s Adi Robertson called “a thorny political mini-scandal from 2016,” when The Daily Beast reported that Palmer Luckey was secretly funding a pro-Trump political activism group called Nimble America, which was dedicated to the idea that “shitposting is powerful and meme magic is real.”

Luckey withdrew from the public eye after the details came out, but it’s never been clear whether he was fired or left voluntarily. He was at Oculus for several months afterward, and “still working in an active capacity” during that time, according to Adi Robertson’s reporting of comments by CEO Brendan Iribe.

Zuckerberg tried to assure lawmakers that he didn’t fire Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey for his political views.

Senator Cruz also asked Zuckerberg about 2016 reports that the company had removed conservative political news from its trending stories box and followed up with questions about its moderators’ political views.

When Zuckerberg said he didn’t ask employees for their political views, Cruz nailed him with the question “Why was Palmer Luckey fired?”

“That is a specific personnel matter that seems like it would be inappropriate to speak to here,” Zuckerberg told Cruz in response to his question. Cruz fired back, asking if it was accurate that Facebook “didn’t make decisions based on political views,” as Zuckerberg had said. “I can commit that it was not because of a political view,” said Zuckerberg. This exchange seems to imply that Luckey was fired, but for reasons that weren’t political noted The Verge’s Robertson. This could still cover a pretty broad range of motivations, and Zuckerberg didn’t offer any details.

Adi Robertson says The Daily Beast described Luckey as “funding Trump’s meme machine” in 2016, which is an apparent overstatement since the donation was supposedly a fairly small $10,000, and Nimble America’s only clear action was putting up a “Too Big To Jail” billboard.

The group’s stated goal was to “get our most delicious memes in front of Americans whether they like it or not.” (Luckey later reportedly donated $100,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund through shell companies named after Chrono Trigger references.) However, Nimble America’s real offense was being associated with former Breitbart Digital Editor and online provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos.

Why Facebook and confirmed leftwinger Zuckerberg parted ways with Palmer Luckey, if it wasn’t about politics, remains one of Silicon Valley’s more interesting mysteries.

Luckey is the charismatic entrepreneur who once graced the cover of Time Magazine — the poster boy for the future of virtual reality, made real by his invention: The "Oculus Rift." Facebook liked the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset so much that it bought the company that Luckey co-founded, Oculus VR, in 2014 for $2 billion.

Luckey was in his early-20s at the time.

What’s more, Senator Cruz must know Palmer Luckey well enough to have some insight into what happened because Luckey hosted a fundraiser for Senator Cruz last April, and Cruz seemingly believes that Luckey's firing was politically motivated reports the Business Insider’s Ben Gilbert.

Zuckerberg conceded that Silicon Valley is “an extremely left-leaning place,” but denied Cruz’s underlying question that the bias had infiltrated the machinations of Facebook. When Cruz asked Zuckerberg if any members of the Facebook team tasked with monitoring users’ content had ever supported Republican political candidates, Zuckerberg said that he did not know.

Senator Cruz did a great job of squeezing some interesting admissions out of Zuckerberg, but perhaps a better, more revealing question would have been to ask Zuckerberg if any of the team monitoring users’ content even knows what conservatives think about issues such as same-sex “marriage,” open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens, and does opposing such liberal shibboleths constitute “hate speech” or the free expression of mainstream American opinion on such matters?

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Zuckerberg, Gates, Bezos et el are all members of the NWO acolyte team. This is true of all of the social media and public surveillance organizations collecting information on everybody that uses the Internet. They do it for huge profit and the side benefit it fits in well with their liberal communist agendas.