Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) used his moment in the spotlight at Tuesday’s bipartisan shellacking of Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey to address a whistleblower complaint alleging that Facebook, Twitter, and Google employees coordinated on what some are calling a censorship campaign.
FOXBusiness’ Audrey Conklin reports:
Hawley said a former Facebook employee “with direct knowledge of the company’s content moderation practices” contacted his office about an “internal platform called Tasks that Facebook uses to coordinate projects, including censorship.”
“The platform reflects censorship input from Google and Twitter, as well,” Hawley alleged. “…Facebook censorship teams communicate with their counterparts at Twitter and Google and then enter those companies’ suggestions for censorship onto the Task platform so that Facebook can follow up with them and effectively coordinate their censorship efforts.”
Hawley also tweeted a screenshot of an apparent Tasks page on Tuesday afternoon.
.@Facebook whistleblower tells me FB uses its internal project management system, “Tasks,” to coordinate censorship with @Twitter and @Google. Pic of example Task page below pic.twitter.com/TR2qbFawpl
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 17, 2020
The Missouri senator went on to ask whether Facebook, Twitter and Google employees coordinated content moderation decisions regarding “individuals, websites, hashtags [or] phrases to ban.”
Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, denied any policy coordination though he added he’d expect “some level of communication.”