The latest undercover video from Project Veritas, Facebook content moderators admit on camera to specifically targeting conservatives, Republicans, and Trump supporters for censorship.
In the video, employees of a third-party contractor, Cognizant, talk to PJ’s undercover operatives about their desire to censor Trump supporters.
The footage also exposes how CNN’s Don Lemon was granted an “exception” by Facebook for comments he made which would have otherwise been determined to have violated Facebook’s rules against “hate speech.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation explains:
The footage includes a shot of an internal order to the Cognizant team instructing moderators not to censor a video of Lemon saying that white men are “the biggest terror threat in this country.”
“This is implying that white men are terrorists and so would typically violate [Facebook rules against “dehumanizing” speech]. As this is a newsworthy event, FB’s content policy team is allowing a narrow exception for this content on the platform,” a manager told moderators in a November 2018 message.
Project Veritas also released an interview with a former content moderator for Zach McElroy, who secretly recorded undercover footage for the activist media group.
“I’m thinking about, I’m thinking, delete like every Donald Trump post I see on the timeline,” McElroy says to several Cognizant content moderators in a clip. “Oh, okay, I thought I was the only one,” one of the moderators replies.
In October 2019, Cognizant announced that they would begin to wind down their content moderation agreement with Facebook.
In some of the videos, their employees express eagerness to delete content as they near the end of their time with the firm.
“You don’t let any go, do you? Like, if you see a conservative post you just get rid of it, right?” an operative for Project Veritas asks a Cognizant content moderator. “Yes! I don’t give no f****, I’ll delete it,” she replies.
“Even if it’s in policy, you’re deleting that, right?” the operative asks further.
“Yeah, I don’t give no f****. It’s like one week left. What are they gonna do?” the moderator replies.
Another clip reveals a Cognizant moderator expressing a desire to “delete all Republicans” on her last day. “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism and just going to like go crazy,” she said.
The Daily Caller explains further:
The undercover footage, recorded by Project Veritas operatives and the former content moderator, doesn’t show evidence of a top-down organized system of political discrimination at Facebook. But Project Veritas CEO James O’Keefe says it does show an “anti-conservative culture” that yields anti-conservative results.
Project Veritas is a conservative activist group known for conducting hidden camera investigations.
The group has had mixed results in the past. Project Veritas in November 2019 published a video of ABC News anchor Amy Robach complaining that the network shut down an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein.
The activist group also appeared to get caught in an attempted sting operation targeting Washington Post reporters during the 2017 special election for one of Alabama’s two U.S. Senate seats.
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