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Nearly Half of Voters Have Absolutely No Confidence Social Media Censorship Is Fair, Unbiased

Posted on 16 February 2021

Only one in nine U.S. likely voters are very confident that social media censor questionable content in a fair and unbiased way, while nearly half have no trust at all that it will do so, a new Rasmussen survey finds. The national survey, conducted February 8-9, 2021, finds that just 11% of voters are “very confident” in the validity of social media’s censorship of content, while 45% are “not at all” confident the censorship of content is fair and unbiased. “How confident are you that social media can censor questionable content in a fair and unbiased way?” Very 11% Somewhat 18% Not Very 23% Not at All 45% Not Sure 3% Thus, more than two-thirds (68%) of voters have little or no trust in social media’s determination of what content they’re allowed to see. Democrats (18%) are more likely than are Republicans (8%) and those with other leanings (4%) to have a great deal of confidence in social media censorship. And, while 16% of Blacks are “very confident,” just 10% of Whites and other races share their trust. Likewise, 60% of Republicans and 56% of Others have no confidence “at all” in social media vetting, compared to just 25% of Democrats. About a quarter of Blacks (24%) have no trust, but half of Whites (49%) and other races (48%) say they have no confidence at all in social media censorship practices. While the percent of voters who never use social media like Twitter and Facebook has increased to 25%, up from 19% a year ago, 28% of voters who still access it regularly say they’re at least somewhat influenced by the posts they see, Rasmussen reports. Editor's Note: This piece was first published on