Social Media giants might be meddling the midterm elections

The 2018 United States elections be held in the middle President Donald Trump’s term, November 6, 2018, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 35 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested.

Social media giants like Facebook have said they will crack down on Russian meddling elections as they near, but it’s the giants themselves that seem to be meddling in the elections.

Over the last 24 hours American radio host Alex Jones was banned from Facebook, YouTube, Pinterest, Apple and Spotify, his reach among the combined networks was in the hundreds of millions, and just overnight his whole company was shut down with only two explanations, for violating terms and hate speech policies.

So does that suggest the social media giants with billions of users are meddling in the midterm election?

But there’s more, Elizabeth Heng was rejected for a Republican video she posted to promote herself to win a seat in California’s 16th congressional district.

Meanwhile Facebook allows Sarah Jeong to remain on Facebook, Jeong made headlines recently for being hired on by the New York Times, the writer has a racist history on Twitter calling to kill white people.

Recently Candace Owens was “mistakenly” banned for 12 hours because she violated the rules, Owens simply changed one word in her Tweet from White to Black, copying Sarah Jeong to see if Twitter will ban her, sure enough, they did.

Twitter responded to the backlash they received for the double standard and reinstated her account saying it was a mistake.

So again, who’s meddling in the midterms?


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Emmy Skylar started working for Debate Report in 2017. Emmy grew up in a small town in northern Manitoba. But moved to Ontario for university. Before joining Debate Report, Emmy briefly worked as a freelance journalist for CBC News.  She covers politics and the economy.

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