- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 29, 2018

A new Media Research Center survey finds that conservatives don’t trust Facebook and are considering leaving the popular social media platform.

“According to the poll, one-third (32 percent) of self-described conservative Facebook users have left or are considering leaving Facebook due to political censorship,” the conservative press watchdog said Wednesday. “Two-thirds (66 percent) of conservatives agreed they do not trust Facebook to treat its users equally regardless of their political beliefs. Another two-thirds (65 percent) of self-described conservatives believe social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are purposely censoring conservatives and conservative ideas from their platforms.”

These percentages could translates into millions of Facebook users.

“These numbers are devastating to any CEO responsible for addressing the concerns of his customer base,” said Media Research Center president Brent Bozell in a statement. “According to this survey, 7 percent of conservatives have already left Facebook and another 25 percent are seriously considering it. That’s nearly one-third of conservatives on Facebook — potentially tens of millions of consumers.

“To make matters worse, two-thirds of conservative Facebook users trust Facebook less than they did a year ago,” Mr. Bozell said. “These trends should set off alarm bells at Facebook headquarters. They are bleeding a major customer base.”

The survey found that 69 percent of the conservatives said their trust in Facebook has fallen in the past year.

“The question Facebook and other social media companies need to ask themselves is this: Do you want to be seen as an open platform for all political beliefs or would you rather be considered a left-wing public interest group that censors free speech worldwide?” Mr. Bozell said. “The latter will prove to be unbelievably costly. Censorship on social media is no longer a hypothetical; it’s reality. So too is the evidence that this censorship is pointing to a massive conservative exodus.”

The survey of 1,000 likely general election voters nationwide was conducted on Aug. 22-27.

• Jennifer Harper can be reached at jharper@washingtontimes.com.

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