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Despite cries of censorship, conservatives dominate social media

by MARK SCOTT - politico.com | Story Source    Tuesday October 27, 2020 - 10:47 AM
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Despite cries of censorship, conservatives dominate social media
Republicans have turned alleged liberal bias in Silicon Valley into a major closing theme of the election cycle, hauling tech CEOs in for virtual grillings on Capitol Hill while President Donald Trump threatens legal punishment for companies that censor his supporters.

But a POLITICO analysis of millions of social media posts shows that conservatives still rule online.

Right-wing social media influencers, conservative media outlets and other GOP supporters dominate online discussions around two of the election's hottest issues, the Black Lives Matter movement and voter fraud, according to the review of Facebook posts, Instagram feeds, Twitter messages and conversations on two popular message boards. And their lead isn't close.

As racial protests engulfed the nation after George Floyd's death, users shared the most-viral rightwing social media content more than 10 times as often as the most popular liberal posts, frequently associating the Black Lives Matter movement with violence and ...

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