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Reporter Allum Bokhari discusses Silicon Valley's use of algorithms for content moderation

Breitbart reporter Allum Bokhari told Hill.TV that major social media platforms are working to stifle commentary from those on the right.

“Network analysis and language analysis are how Silicon Valley can suppress entire political movements,” Bokhari said. "When an account with a million followers gets banned, that sends a signal to the algorithm telling it all these accounts are following it: Maybe we don’t want to ban them but we want to suppress them in the algorithm a little bit, make sure they can’t go viral as easily."

Bokhari, author of the new book author of the new book “#DELETED: Big Tech's Battle to Erase the Trump Movement and Steal the Election,” said companies like Facebook and Twitter are employing algorithms to pinpoint accounts that are causing disruption and swiftly quieting them. He said that the standards utilized by the algorithms tend to impact right-wing content more than the left.

“Increasingly, the criteria used to determine that is: Is the website or the account posting hate speech? Or misinformation or conspiracy theories? Or any of the other terms that Silicon Valley has invented to suppress the right,” he said. “All of these terms emerged after the 2016 election.”

Bokhari warned that the left would not escape Silicon Valley’s censorship either.

“I think the left should anticipate [the algorithm] being used against them at some point,” he said. “The Trump movement is definitely being held to higher standards by these platforms at the moment, but I think the left would be unwise to think that will never happen to them.”