Most people think social media sites are politically biased, finds Pew study

Pew Research Center says there's a strong perception that conservative viewpoints are being censored.

Erin Carson Former Senior Writer
Erin Carson covered internet culture, online dating and the weird ways tech and science are changing your life.
Expertise Erin has been a tech reporter for almost 10 years. Her reporting has taken her from the Johnson Space Center to San Diego Comic-Con's famous Hall H. Credentials
  • She has a master's degree in journalism from Syracuse University.
Erin Carson

A Pew study shows the a good chunk of the public think social media platforms are biased toward liberal views.

Chesnot / Getty Images

A majority of the public thinks social media platforms censor political views they don't agree with, according to a report out Thursday from the Pew Research Center

"In the midst of an ongoing debate over the power of digital technology companies and the way they do business, sizable shares of Americans believe these companies privilege the views of certain groups over others," reads the report. The Pew study was conduced between May 29 and June 11 among 4,594 US adults.

Of those surveyed, 43 percent think technology companies favor liberal over conservative viewpoints and 72 percent think it's likely that social media companies intentionally censor political viewpoints they find objectionable. 

These opinions are mostly strongly held by Republicans, with 64 percent saying tech companies favor liberal views and 85 percent saying its likely social media sites censor political viewpoints.

This data comes on the heels of a report from the Washington Post on Wednesday saying that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has met with conservative leaders to discuss potential political bias on the platform. It was also a topic raised during Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's congressional hearings back in April.