Pew: 66% Want Censorship, Even More Don’t Trust Big Tech to Do It

NewsBusters | 6/19/2019 | Staff
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How do Americans feel about Big Tech companies policing content? Most people are for it but even more people doubt the companies can do it properly.

Sixty-six percent of Americans, approximately 2/3rds of those surveyed say “social media companies have a responsibility to remove offensive content from their platforms,” according to the liberal Pew Research Center.

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Here’s where the problem comes in. Most Americans don’t trust them. Republicans have the lowest confidence in social media companies to police content fairly. Seventy-six percent, or more than three-quarters of Republicans polled, have little or no confidence in the Big Tech companies’ ability to police content.

That breaks down with “far greater shares say they have not too much (42%) or no confidence at all (34%) in companies to make this determination.” Only “23% have confidence in social media companies to determine what content should be removed,” explained the report.

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Democrats aren’t much stronger in their beliefs about the companies’ abilities to watch over content. “Democrats also largely lack confidence in social media companies to determine what content should be removed, though they are somewhat more likely than Republicans to express at least a fair amount of confidence (37%).”

Interestingly enough only 31 percent have a great or even fair amount of confidence in these companies’ capability to distinguish between what should and should not be removed.

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The pro-censorship view is held much more widely by Democrats than Republicans. Three quarters of all Democrats surveyed support the companies restricting content. The polls indicate “three-quarters of Democrats (77%) say this, compared with 52% of Republicans and Republican leaners.”

According to the pollsters, “women (72%) are more likely than men (59%) to say social media companies have this responsibility,...
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