Francis Haugen, who has been identified as the now-infamous Facebook whistleblower, appears to have ulterior motives for attacking her former employer that have nothing at all to do with “doing the right thing” or “making society better,” but everything to do with causing as much havoc as possible among independent media outlets that legitimately work to inform readers and hold the powerful elite of either major party to account.
Haugen, who made her admission on “60 Minutes” in recent days, “is getting strategic communications guidance from a top Democratic operative, according to a source with direct knowledge of the relationship, which was confirmed by another half-dozen sources with indirect knowledge of the partnership,” the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The revelation comes after Haugen, a former data scientist at Facebook, gave internal documents to a top reporter at The Wall Street Journal exposing questionable practices the social media behemoth engages in, which includes targeting teens with inappropriate and harmful materials.
“The thing I saw at Facebook over and over again was there were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook, over and over again, shows to optimize for its own interests, like making more money,” she told the long-running CBS television newsmagazine.
“You’ve seen a bunch of social networks and it was substantially worse at Facebook than anything I’d seen before,” Haugen, 37, told interviewer Scott Pelley of her experiences at other platforms including Google and Pinterest.
One of Facebook’s internal studies that Haugen exposed concluded: “We have evidence from a variety of sources that hate speech, divisive political speech and misinformation on Facebook and the family of apps are affecting societies around the world.”
But what she didn’t really reveal was her motivations.
Haugen “is working with the political consultant and former Obama administration deputy press secretary Bill Burton and his consulting firm, Bryson Gillette. It is unclear when Haugen’s relationship with Burton and Bryson Gillette began, how big her communications team is, and whether it includes other political operatives,” the Free Beacon continued.
“But Burton is now deeply integrated with an emerging infrastructure on the left comprised of individuals and organizations, including the nonprofit Center for Humane Technology, seeking to press Facebook to more aggressively police political content,” the outlet continued.
And, of course, that means ‘policing’ conservative content and reporting from independent media, many sites of which use Facebook as their primary marketing tool and depend on the site to generate page views and revenue.
“When we live in an information environment that is full of angry, hateful, polarizing content, it erodes our civic trust, it erodes our faith in each other, it erodes our ability to want to care for each other. The version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world,” Haugen told Pelley.
But we also know that language like this from leftists is code for ‘going after the right’: So-called “misinformation” and “disinformation” is arbitrary, we have discovered, and defined individually by people in power who simply do not want certain facts and truths to come out. Any reporting that refuted the left’s ‘Russian collusion’ narrative back when Donald Trump was still president, though that narrative was a fabrication, was immediately branded ‘Russian disinformation’ and removed by platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Google.
And it’s all been planned, the Free Beacon reports:
In Haugen’s public testimony, industry and political insiders see a sophisticated communications campaign intended to put Facebook on defense, from a steady trickle of leaked internal documents that fueled a Wall Street Journal investigative series dubbed “The Facebook Files” to the blockbuster 60 Minutes interview to congressional testimony scheduled to begin Tuesday. Haugen on Sunday also debuted a slick personal website in part to field media requests.
“It does have the appearance of being an incredibly well-orchestrated communications campaign,” said GOP operative Kevin McLaughlin, the former director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Nothing in politics this major happens accidentally. Haugen’s apparent Democrat connections makes it plain to us this is all about censorship of wrong-think.
“Haugen has admitted that Facebook changed its rules on free speech during the run up to the 2020 election, but then the company reverted back to the old rules afterward,” Outspoken reported this week. “Her solution is to have Congress intervene and force Facebook to engage in some level of censorship akin to the silencing of information like the tech behemoth did before the 2020 election.”