False Accusation: The Unfounded Claim That Social Media Companies Censor Conservatives

False Accusation
January 2021
Do Facebook and Twitter suppress the political right?

The claim that social media companies censor conservatives has shaped debate about issues ranging from the fallout from the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot to reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects platforms against liability for user posts and content moderation decisions. But the censorship claim is false, as our report demonstrates by analyzing available data and individual examples.

The aftermath of mob violence in Washington, D.C.

Conservatives have attacked Twitter’s decision, in the wake of the Capitol insurrection, to ban Donald Trump permanently. But Twitter did not act based on ideology. The former president repeatedly violated the platform’s rules and contributed to a real danger of further violence. By closely analyzing such episodes, the report clarifies the industry’s actual conduct and clears the way for needed reform.

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