Trump's 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale renewed his criticism
of social media companies on Monday for
silencing conservative voices across several platforms,
think that when the left found out that Facebook, a tool built by
Silicon Valley, helped elect President Trump, they weren't very
happy," Parscale told CBS
This Morning. "And
I think that you have multiple platforms I call the 'Palo Alto
mafia' trying to stop that."
the interview, Parscale credited the Trump campaign's dominance
in Facebook advertising
as a key contributor to its success in 2016. He referenced the
wide gap between the number of Facebook ads Trump and Hillary
Clinton placed during the run up to the election. Trump's
team placed 5.9
million ads compared to Clinton's 66,000. -CNBC
who was promoted to Trump's 2020 campaign manager after
spearheading his digital media strategy in 2016, was originally
hired to build a website for Trump's exploratory campaign in
and other conservatives have slammed social media platforms over
allegations of anti-Republican bias. In July, Trump accused
Twitter of "shadow banning" prominent Republicans, vowing to "look
into this discriminatory and illegal practice at once!"
tweet came after Brad Parscale, along with Republican
National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel,
wrote a letter in May calling for the CEOs of Facebook
and Twitter to address concerns over conservative censorship ahead
of the 2020 election, as well as a call for transparency.
recognize that Facebook and Twitter operate in liberal corporate
cultures," the letter reads. "However, rampant
political bias is inappropriate for a widely used public forum."
August, President Trump tweeted that Google is "controlling what
we can & cannot see. This is a very serious situation-will be
GOP controlled congress has explored the issue throughout 2018,
with executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testifying
before lawmakers over issues of bias and security breaches.
April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was questioned on the issue
at a congressional hearing.
are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned
that that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a
pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship,"
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said at the time.
companies have all said that they do not filter content based on
political ideology. -CNBC
while Facebook and Twitter are allegedly filtering individual
users on their platform, Google has been accused of biased search
results, providing support to Hillary Clinton in the 2016
election, and making conservative employees feel uncomfortable
expressing their opinions. In September, Breitbart obtained
and published a leaked
video of Google's top executives crying
and comforting each other as they mourn Hillary Clinton's 2016
more, Google allegedly helped
create ads and donated funds to a partisan Latino group which
physically bussed voters to cast ballots for Hillary Clinton during
the 2016 election.
of course, isn't
the first evidence of Google doing all they could to
help Hillary win the election. In an April
15, 2014 email from Google's then-Executive Chairman
Eric Schmidt found in the WikiLeaked Podesta emails, titled "Notes
for a 2016 Democratic Campaign," Schmidt tells Cheryl Mills that "I
have put together my thoughts on the campaign ideas and I have
scheduled some meetings in the next few weeks for veterans of
the campaign to tell me how to make these ideas better. This
is simply a draft but do let me know if this is a helpful process
for you all."
claims that even if social media companies exclude conservatives,
people will always find a way to spread ideas.
are lots of things they can't stop," said Parscale. "And
I think one of the big emerging technologies is just your cell
phone, direct, rich media, and text messaging, and the things we
can do directly through your phones."