The latest Facebook story from @CraigSilverman and me details a history of how political concerns influence important platform decisions. While employees are warning about it now the 2020 election is over, there have been plenty of signs in the past. buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanma…
There's been a lot of amazing past reporting that we built upon. For example this story from @sheeraf @nickconfessore @ceciliakang @AllMattNYT and @jacknicas on Facebook's fallout with the 2016 election and Cambridge Analytica. nytimes.com/2018/11/14/tec…
.@dseetharaman, @JeffHorwitz, @newley and the WSJ team have led as well. Deepa's piece on Joel Kaplan and Jeff and Newley's piece on Facebook's concessions to political concerns in India are fundamental to understanding the co.

wsj.com/articles/faceb…

wsj.com/articles/faceb…
.@sarahfrier and @KurtWagner8 have covered FB longer than probably anyone on the beat and their expertise always comes thru. bloomberg.com/news/features/…
.@alexeheath is a one-man wrecking crew at the Information and his reporting on the stonewalling of Facebook's civic integrity initiatives (and eventual dissolving of the team) is hugely important. theinformation.com/articles/faceb…
And then there was this piece from @kevinroose @MikeIsaac and @sheeraf right after the election. nytimes.com/2020/11/24/tec…
There are a lot of reporters/stories I'm forgetting and there is always more to report on a company that influences the lives of more than a third of the world's population.

Hopefully more to come from @CraigSilverman and me.

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One Parler adviser told me that he expects the site back online next week.

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