Pew: Most Americans think social media platforms censor political viewpoints

by Jordyn Pair · Aug 21st, 2020 4:22 pm

Last Updated Oct 14th, 2020 at 2:46 pm

A new study from Pew Research Center found that roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults say it is very or somewhat likely that social media platforms intentionally censor political viewpoints they find controversial.

Of those who said they believe social media platforms censor viewpoints, 37% said it was very likely, while 36% said it was somewhat likely. Just 25% of U.S. adults said they do not think social media sites censor content.

While members of both political parties said they believe censorship is occurring, the belief is growing among Republicans. Nine in 10 Republicans and independents who lean Republican said they believe it is somewhat likely social media platforms censor political viewpoints. That position was held by just 85% of the same demographic in 2018.

Of the 90% who said it was at least somewhat likely companies were engaging in political censorship, 60% said it was very likely. Conservative Republicans were also more likely to hold the belief (70%) compared to moderate or liberal Republicans (44%).

Of Democrats, just 19% said it was very likely and 40% said it was somewhat likely. Democrats are also less likely to see an ideological split, with moderate or conservative Democrats (20%) and liberal Democrats (18%) sharing the view that censorship was very likely.

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