Yet another devastating story about Facebook. Huge kudos to Sophie Zhang, an employee who turned down $64k severance to tell the truth.

The speed & scale of the damage Facebook is doing to democracies around the world is truly terrifying…
So many extraordinary details:

‘I have personally made decisions that affected national presidents without oversight & taken action to enforce against so many prominent politicians globally that I’ve lost count’
What’s so damning is how few resources Facebook devotes to the problem. And in the case of ‘smaller countries’, almost none at all. Decisions that affect the future of a country left up single individuals like Zhang
The scale of these online influence operations is HUGE. Their effect...hard to quantify. Which is why we need full disclosure from Facebook. And we are so far from it. Zuck repeatedly refused to come to Britain to tell us what happened on his platform in 2016. Why?!?
Speaking of moral courage. Compare Sophie Zhang turning down $64k to tell Facebook’s leadership she has blood on her hands. To Nick Clegg. Imagine being a ‘liberal democrat’ who saw MPs fail to hold Facebook to account. And then took the cash to defend it
(And congrats to @CraigSilverman @RMac18 & @PranavDixit for a barnstormer of a story)

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10 Sep
Want to know what Boris Johnson’s £100 billion ‘moonshot’ programme will buy? Check out secret briefing pack. £100 billion = load of language ripped off Silicon Valley, a suite of totally untested technologies & a plan we have no idea - none! - if it’ll work. Oh. And ££££ to ???? Image
Bear in mind this is £100 billion - £100 billion! - govt Is preparing to spend on public health project that is ‘devoid of any contribution from scientists, clinicians, and public health and testing and screening experts’

But look at the pretty diagrams!… Image
This is a government in thrall to Silicon Valley. That believes tech can magic up a quick fix. Even if that tech has yet to be invented. Or as doc points out ‘developing, validating, procuring, and operationalising testing technology that currently does not exist’ Image
Read 5 tweets
31 Aug
KLAXON! Facebook newsroom has announced a new research project on 2020 election. By Sir Nick Clegg.

‘One of the much debated questions around social media is: what impact does it have on democracy’

How furious does this post make me? Let me count the ways.

‘Facebook has helped fight interference in more than 200 elections since 2017’

‘As a company we looked hard at what went wrong with Russian interference in 2016’


Hard?!? You turned over some limited material when forced by congress. You have taken zero responsibility. And ‘Russian interference’ was only 1 single strand. What about the rest??
Read 5 tweets
27 Aug
The ICO's investigation into Cambridge Analytica was genuinely ground-breaking. See below: 'Data crimes are real crimes.' We've been hanging on for the final report. But today, we learned it will not come. Why?? It's deeply odd. Has the @ico been sat on?…
This was a difficult, highly politically charged subject to investigate. And it was bold & brave to take it on. We've witnessed abject resistance to tackle politically sensitive matters from other bodies, most notably the Met police. So this is especially disappointing.
The Senate Intelligence Report last week said that it did not have access to evidence from the UK authorities. And it presumably means we will now never know any more about this? The accessing of files from 'IP addresses in Russia & other areas of the CIS'.
Read 4 tweets
25 Aug
Bit baffled by this. None of us knew he was missing. Also, what operation? Also, you’re reporting this not as rumour or a ‘source’ but as fact’s confirmed? From number 10? You went to them or it was deliberately leaked? If so, why without attribution? Why now?
Not my intention to be rude, FYI. It just seems like we’re only getting half the facts here. You must have asked, ‘what kind of op?’ Unless you already knew? If you don’t know, fine. And if you know & are not divulging for privacy reasons, fine. But can’t you say which?
And if this has been strategically leaked to you, can’t you say? Or if it’s not been strategically leaked, can’t you say? It makes a difference. And you know. But you’re not letting on. So it creates this weird situation where we have partial info but without context..
Read 9 tweets
23 Aug
‘The Russian govt coordinates with & directs Deripaska on many of his influence ops’

Zero coverage on this though he employs Lord @GregBarkerUK & tried to funnel £ to Tories via @George_Osborne

Meanwhile man who exposed Deripaska’s links to Kremlin is fighting for his life Image
Navalny’s bank accounts & those of his family were frozen in March without explanation.

‘At same time, Navalny said he obtained information that billionaire Oleg Deripaska, who has strong links to Russia's leadership, was suing him for unknown reasons’…
Britain is absolutely central to the story of Russian corruption. The story that @navalny has been fighting to expose. After the US sanctioned Deripaska, he came to London & did £1bn flotation on our stock exchange…
Read 4 tweets
21 Aug
Two extraordinary stories collide this week. The Senate Intelligence report on Russia. And the deeply sinister poisoning of Navalny. And there’s a figure who connects them both. And us: Oleg Deripaska.

You need to watch this video. And I’ll explain..

Navalny isn’t just the main opposition figure in Russia. He also does extraordinary investigations into Kremlin corruption & is a gifted storyteller. The video is in Russian but has subtitles & tells an amazing story with footage taken on Deripaska’s yacht…
So many disturbing aspects to this. Deripaska was named in Senate’s report as proxy of the Kremlin who conducts influence operations abroad. There are pages & pages about him & his associate a Russian intelligence officer & their r’ship with Trump’s campaign manager Paul Manafort
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