On CNN this morning:
"We have to turn down the capability of these Conservative influencers to reach these huge audiences."
"There are people on YouTube for example that have a larger audience than daytime CNN"
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) January 17, 2021
- Ex-Facebook Exec Calls for De-Platforming OANN and Newsmax, Laments That Some Conservatives Have BIGGER AUDIENCES Than CNN
Former Facebook executive Alex Stamos likened Republicans in Congress to ISIS supporters and argued that conservative voices such as OANN and Newsmax must be quieted to return Americans to “consensual reality.”
“We’re going to have to figure out the OANN and Newsmax problem – you know, that these companies have freedom of speech, but I’m not sure we need Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and such to be bringing them into tens of millions of homes,” Stamos said on Sunday in a CNN interview, suggesting that the conservative news outlets be banned by cable TV carriers. “This is allowing people to seek out information if they really want to, but not pushing it into their faces, I think, is where we’re going to have to go here.”
Stamos, who was chief security officer at Facebook until August 2018, said press freedoms are being abused by “bad actors” that have an economic interest in becoming “more and more radical.” As Fox News fell out of favor with devout Trump supporters for some of its post-election coverage – which Stamos called introducing “realism” in its reporting – OANN and Newsmax outflanked Fox “on the right” and allowed viewers to “put themselves into a sealed ecosystem,” he argued.
“That becomes a huge challenge of figuring out, how do you bring those people back into the mainstream of fact-based reporting and try to get us all back into the same consensual reality?” Stamos said.