By Tanya Kohn, CNNMoney editorTucker Carlson said Google’s move to shut down content publishers like Facebook was “unpreviously unprecedented.”
Carlson, the host of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker and Friends,” also slammed the media and publishers he’s seen over the past few months for allowing Facebook to use their data.
The social network, which owns Instagram and other platforms, said in October that it was suspending some of its most popular services like YouTube, Gmail and YouTube Red in response to complaints about fake news, including fake news reports.
Carlson pointed to Facebook’s new guidelines for what content publishers can post and the fact that the social network now has more than 400,000 employees worldwide as evidence of its “unlike the rest of the industry.”
“The other thing that we’ve seen is the media not being able to cover this story because it’s too sensitive and so it’s not going to be in their headlines,” Carlson said.
“They’re going to go to Facebook and say, ‘You know, you guys are censoring us, we can’t say what we’re doing.'”
Carlson said Google has gone to a “stunning level” of secrecy in the fight against fake news.
“This is a new level of censorship,” he said.
Carlsons comments came as Facebook’s chief executive, Sheryl Sandberg, said the social networking giant was looking to build a “worldwide community” of companies that would be able to provide services that “deliver a more robust, better, more inclusive environment for people to share ideas, stories and information online.”
“We are going to work with the content creators and the publishers to help them build an ecosystem that will allow them to build better, faster, more connected and more relevant products and services that make our world a better place,” Sandberg said in a post on the social media site.
Sandberg added that the company would continue to work “with content creators to build their brands” and expand “a new kind of global community.”
She also called on publishers to “stand up to bullying and intimidation” that had forced some to close or remove websites.
Carlons said he’s heard from many publishers, including the New York Times, which said it had removed more than 300 fake news sites and hundreds of fake accounts over the last year.
He said the threat of being shut down had “moved some of them” and made them rethink their business models.
“I think a lot of them were going to say, I’ve had to make some tough decisions, and they said, ‘I think we need to rethink our business model,'” he said, adding that some publishers are already looking at the “very expensive and risky” business models of online advertising.
Carlon said he had been “surprised” by the recent crackdown by Google on Facebook.
“It’s the most extreme censorship we’ve ever seen,” he added.
“It’s like something out of a dystopian movie.