Yes, these are private individuals who may give to whatever candidate for whatever office they like. And the firms are also private, thus they may flaunt the worst type of bias imaginable and people are quite free to go elsewhere.
However, when they indulge in those options, to then cast themselves as objective purveyors of truth and reality is a bit much. They are, as they have every right to be, left wing mouthpieces, as this recent campaign contribution data makes clear. Oh yeah, not one dollar to Trump from senior Big Tech executives. Not one. And this doesn’t count the billions in free media and public relations work Big Tech did for Biden.
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) December 10, 2020
FNC: “Top executives at Facebook and Twitter donated tens of thousands of dollars to President-elect Joe Biden’s campaign, Federal Election Commission records reviewed by Fox News reveal, as the social media platforms come under fire for limiting the circulation of reports surrounding Hunter Biden’s business dealings in the weeks leading up to Election Day. A Fox News review of FEC records shows that top executives at the social media companies made large donations to the Biden campaign, including several who gave the legal maximum of $2,800.
“Fox News identified zero Facebook or Twitter executives who donated to Trump’s campaign. According to FEC records, Facebook vice president of public policy, Erin Egan, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign on Oct. 1, in addition to the $2,800 she donated to the campaign during the Democratic primaries. Facebook chief revenue officer David Fischer donated $2,800 to Biden during the primary, and an additional $750 during the general election, according to FEC records.
“Facebook’s chief financial officer, David Wehner, donated the legal maximum of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign on April 22, FEC records show. Facebook vice presidents Gene Alston, Michael Verdu, Shahriar Rabii and T.S. Khurana also donated the legal maximum of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign during the 2020 cycle, FEC records show. Instagram’s chief operating officer, Marne Levine, also donated the maximum limit of $2,800 to Biden’s campaign
“At Facebook, the platform’s public policy director Steve Satterfield, another public policy director, Michael Matthews, product manager Brett Keintz and Facebook director Ibrahim Okuyucu, donated $2,800 to Biden’s campaign. Facebook program manager David Debartolo donated $5,600 – split between Biden’s primary campaign and general election campaign – on March 29, FEC records show. Just two Facebook employees with ‘manager’ or ‘director’ in their title donated to Trump’s campaign, neither of whom gave more than $300, according to FEC records. Zero Twitter employees with those titles donated to Trump’s campaign, FEC records show.” We’d go on, but you get the drift. So if you’re wondering if Big Tech puts their money where their mouth is, amongst other places where their mouth is, you’d be right. They went full hog for Biden and the Democrats in 2022. But that won’t produce any bias, those donations won’t bleed into editorial, right?