About seven out of ten Americans think social media platforms intentionally censor political viewpoints, the Pew Research Center found in a study released on Thursday.
The study comes amid an ongoing debate over the power of digital technology companies and the way they do business.
Social media companies in particular, including Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, have recently come under scrutiny for failing to promptly tackle the problem of fake news as more Americans consume news on their platforms.
In the study of 4,594 US adults, conducted between May 29 and June 11, roughly 72 percent of the respondents believed that social media platforms actively censored political views those companies found objectionable.
The perception that technology companies were politically biased and suppressed political speech was especially widespread among Republicans, the study showed.
About 85 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning…