What’s going on at Facebook?

A disturbing report sheds light on employees of the social media giant, contemplating actions that could undermine our entire electoral process.

The eye-opening report sent shockwaves across the political world.

Each week, Facebook employees answer a poll on what question they would like to ask founder Mark Zuckerberg.

Disturbingly, one question on the March 4th poll was, “What responsibility does Facebook have to help prevent President Trump in 2017?”

Gizmodo reports on the poll and the legal implications:

“A screenshot of the poll, given to Gizmodo, shows the question as the fifth most popular.

It’s not particularly surprising the question was asked, or that some Facebook employees are anti-Trump. The question and Zuckerberg’s statements on Tuesday align with the consensus politics of Silicon Valley: pro-immigration, pro-trade, pro-expansion of the internet.

But what’s exceedingly important about this question being raised—and Zuckerberg’s answer, if there is one—is how Facebook now treats the powerful place it holds in the world. It’s unprecedented. More than 1.04 billion people use Facebook. It’s where we get our news, share our political views, and interact with politicians. It’s also where those politicians are spending a greater share of their budgets.

And Facebook has no legal responsibility to give an unfiltered view of what’s happening on their network.”

It is true that as a private entity, Facebook has no legal obligation to display pro-Trump content.

They are also within their First Amendment rights to suppress Trump content.

And Facebook’s algorithm, which dictates what content appears in your newsfeed, is free to be manipulated by the company and banish posts or groups supporting Donald Trump on their site.

But the ethical considerations are staggering.

A Pew study found 30% of Americans get their news from Facebook.

And over 60% use the social network.

Americans are treating Facebook like a news source and there is evidence Facebook has begun to operate more like a news outlet.

In late 2013, Facebook altered their algorithm to favor news stories over memes.

Most Americans operate under good faith with media outlets by assuming they are getting a news story without bias.

And while the traditional media slants are overwhelmingly liberal, new media outlets like Fox News, Drudge Report and the Washington Examiner have sprouted to help balance the scales.

Yet Facebook, as they are promoting more news content, acts more like an aggregator than a creator of news content.

But don’t they have a responsibility to their users – who are increasingly using the site as their go-to news source – to operate like a traditional media platform by not censoring what their consumers demand?

Or, as a private company can they suppress Donald Trump content?

Facebook denies they are rigging the election for Donald Trump.

The Hill reports on a company spokesmen’s response to Gizmodo’s report:

“We encourage any and all candidates, groups, and voters to use our platform to share their views on the election and debate the issues,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

“We as a company are neutral — we have not and will not use our products in a way that attempts to influence how people vote.”

But adding intrigue to the story is founder Mark Zuckerberg throwing shade Trump’s way.

Zuckerberg is an outspoken supporter of amnesty and importing cheap foreign labor.

Trump shot to the top of the Republican polls on his populist platform of opposition to amnesty and trade deals that have destroyed sectors of the American economy.

The Hill also reports on Zuckerberg’s criticism of Trump’s border proposal:

“Zuckerberg has been a champion of immigration reform, and took a veiled shot at Trump during his remarks to the company’s F8 developers conference.

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others, for blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade and, in some cases around the world, even cutting access to the internet,” he said.”

Will Facebook ultimately act on the sentiments expressed by their employees and founder in opposition to Donald Trump?

Only time will tell.