President Trump’s 2020 election campaign manager attacks social media companies for alleged conservative censorship

Brad Parscale, Donald Trump’s 2020 election campaign manager who also played a pivotal role in his presidential election in 2016 as digital strategist, has spoken out against the major social media companies, describing them as the ‘Palo Alto mafia’.

Speaking on the television programme ‘CBS This Morning’, Parscale criticised what he perceives to be the suppression of conservative views on social media by the platform hierarchy. Parscale said:

I think that when the left found out that Facebook, a tool built by Silicon Valley, helped elect President Trump, they weren’t very happy. And so they want to do everything they can to help prevent conservative voices. And I think that you have multiple platforms I call the ‘Palo Alto mafia’ trying to stop that.

A number of prominent conservative figures, including President Trump, have spoken in recent months at what they perceive to be a silencing of conservative voices on social media.

During a congressional hearing following the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier in the year, Republican Senator Ted Cruz said that, “There are a great many Americans who I think are deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship”.

Social media companies including Facebook and Twitter have repeatedly stated that they do not filter content based on political ideology.

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