Jim DeMint: Why I Met With Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook bias story wouldn’t have been such a big deal with conservatives had their own huge pipelines for information to flow through. Here’s Jim DeMint writing at The Daily Signal:

This election season has made many Americans even more cynical about our democratic system of government. There is clearly political upheaval underway in America and around the world. This massive disturbance of the status quo has been fueled in large part by more people getting better, faster information from many sources on the internet.

Previously, news on political debates was controlled by a few powerful newspapers or broadcast television. The New York Times, which used to set the daily agenda for national media coverage, had the motto “all the news that’s fit to print.”

But who decided what was “fit” for the public to know?

Powerful politicians could build alliances with a few editors and together control what information was available to the public and what was kept unseen, deemed “unfit” for them. The internet, with its hundreds of media outlets, blogs, and social platforms, has completely changed the way news is shared and consumed, pulling back the curtain on secrets Washington had long protected.

All around the world dictators and communist government officials are conspiring to censure or block the free flow of information and ideas now available on the internet to their citizens. There is nothing more threatening to tyrants than citizens who can’t be duped by government propaganda or bias media. The internet has decentralized the control of information and has created a new, and perhaps last, frontier of freedom for all of mankind.

Facebook’s Role in the Exchange of Ideas

One of the largest and most powerful players in this new frontier of freedom is Facebook. Over a billion people actively use Facebook to connect with people, businesses, and news outlets all around the world. Facebook claims to provide an unbiased and unfiltered platform for the free exchange of ideas, information, news, and personal stories.

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, invited me and several other conservative leaders to his headquarters in San Francisco to discuss the reported bias against conservatives.

Read more: The Daily Signal

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