Critics See Red After Facebook Censors Song Criticizing Biden

Critics See Red After Facebook Censors Song Criticizing Biden

’s conservative skeptics are calling out the social media behemoth for its perceived liberal bias yet again.

In this instance, Facebook blocked Five For Fighting’s John Ondrasik from purchasing an ad to promote his new song decrying the Biden administration’s botched withdrawal from .

Ondrasik, known for his soft rock ballads, calls out Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and Defense Department officials in the lyrics. According to Facebook, his song “Blood On My Hands,” violates “their policy on either politics or social issues.” (The Washington Free Beacon)

Facebook’s advertising policies state that “Ads must not contain content that exploits crises or controversial political or social issues for commercial purposes.” But the company frequently allows political ads on its platform. A cursory review shows Facebook hosted multiple ads from Black Lives Matter and leftist organization Demand Justice promoting abortion and calling for checks on police. A Wall Street Journal report found that Facebook maintains a list of almost six million public figures who are exempted from content moderation regulations.

Facebook’s content moderation has received increased scrutiny from Congress as part of a broader concern over how big tech companies shape discourse on their platforms. GOP lawmakers have called for regulations that would ban discrimination based on the viewpoint of the user. Some lawmakers, and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, have suggested that massive social media companies should be classified as “common carriers,” meaning they would not be allowed to bar legal speech based on their own moderation policies.

Tech companies have come under fire for enforcing rules aggressively against conservatives. After a pressure campaign from pro-choice activists, Google on Tuesday removed all ads from pro-life group Live Action. Many of the banned ads promoted a pill that reverses the effects of an abortion pill if taken quickly enough. Google hosts thousands of ads for the abortion pill.

Ondrasik said his song, written the day 13 Americans and 60 Afghans were killed by an ISIS suicide bomber, fits in the “great tradition of artists speaking their minds and calling out their leaders for answers.” In a Wednesday Facebook post, Ondrasik said, “I’m glad Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Creedence (fave), and CSYN [sic] didn’t live in the age of FB overlords.”