Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is under fire for deleting studies and reports showing the effects of migration in the U.S labor market. The Center for Immigration Studies, a research group that examines the effects of migration in the United States, showed that its four reports had been removed from the social networking site. A move that has many thinking if it has to do with Mark Zuckerberg’s stance on immigration. Those reports seemed to be saying the opposite of what Zuckerberg wants the country to do. The Facebook founder said recently that the labor market should be expanded through mass immigration. Zuckerberg even created an immigration group, which is in favor of increasing the immigration levels. The nonpartisan group spoke about the removal in a blog post today, saying that a debate over this subject requires data and analysis about its effects. The group added that it is disturbing to see that the social networking site, which is owned by Zuckerberg, has deleted the four reports.
Impact on American Workers
The four reports removed by Facebook all showed the impact mass migration has had on American workers. Most of them mentioned that the labor market has become oversaturated by people coming from other countries because of the many visas being given by the federal government. If you want to check them out, here are the titles:
[quote_center]Still No Evidence of a Labor Shortage, All Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants, Despite Recent Job Growth, Native Employment Still Below 2007 and For Every New Job, Two New Immigrants.[/quote_center]
The group said that when a Facebook user tries to post or message these reports, a message appears stating that the content could not be published because others have reported it as abusive. The group found out later about the ban and filed a report with the social networking site. Ten days went by without a response so they decided to make it public.
Statement From The Author
The author of these reports, Steve Camarota, released a statement saying the poor job market is an important subject today and that it is extremely troubling to see the page block studies done with government data. He added that the reports have caught the attention of many sites and have been discussed by members of the Congress. The reports have been mentioned in various media outlets, including the New York Times and The Washington Post.
Just An Error
Facebook was asked about it earlier today and a representative said it was an error in the system and not an attempt to censor their studies or political stance. According to them, the URL was marked as malicious and that is why it was not letting them post it. Facebook apologized for the removal and said it resolved the issue. Zuckerberg has supported immigration for a while now and his group recently ripped presidential candidate Donald Trump for what he said about immigrants and his proposal, which would try to force Mexico to build a wall along the border and end citizenships from children born in the US from illegal parents.