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1/ Russian trolls are the least of Facebook’s concerns; Minority suppression, Peter Thiel and Project Alamo may prove more vexing.
2/ The hatred toward minority communities starts at the top.
4/ And every day it threads its way through numerous lives on Facebook.
5/ Over the last decade, fb has become a breeding ground for theft, racism, abuse, bullying, misogyny, child pornography, murder, rape and..
6/ ...even beheadings.
7/ Through its blissful ignorance, the problem grows.
8/ And even though it’s tried to reduce the published violence by adding more moderators, the issues persist.
9/ Partly because of its built-in ideology.
10/ But mainly because its overall system for monitoring violence is flawed.
11/ For starters, it's internal guidelines and how they're administered across its 2 billion monthly users can be wildly inconsistent.
13/ A growing number of minority leaders have been banned from the site with no justification and/or explanation.
14/ Shaun King, a Black Lives Matter activist and former fb guest speaker was banned for sharing a racist email he received.
16/ Leslie Mac, a social justice activist, was banned for commenting on white people being silent when they see racism.
18/ Ijeoma Oluo, an activist and writer, was banned for what she calls #crackerbarrelgate.
20/ A change. org campaign has been started w/ suggestions for how these issues can be resolved.
21/ Germany’s taken it a step further by passing a social media hate speech law.
22/ A similar law being passed by the U.S. Congress right now seems farfetched at best.
23/ Especially since Peter Thiel is one of Trump’s most senior advisors.
24/ Thiel, fb’s longest serving board member & Zuckerberg confidant, has a checkered past regarding discrimination.
25/ He’s currently in talks w/ the WH to become the chair of the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board.
26/ The P.I.A.B. oversees the activities of the U.S. intelligence agencies. Its power cannot be overstated.
27/ It’s a perfect fit for Thiel’s obsession w/ the so-called Deep State and Palantir, the data-mining and analytics company he co-founded.
29/ Palantir, which received $2M in funds from the CIA's venture arm In-Q-Tel, has been helping the gov track illegal immigrants since 2011.
30/ Thiel stands to greatly "benefit financially from a deportation campaign."
31/ At the same time, Thiel’s personally invested in ComparaGuru com, a consumer site that helps Mexicans “find the right financial...
32/ ...product at the most competitive price."
33/ Palantir is also used by law enforcement agencies across the country.
34/ Thiel and his Founders Fund have invested more than $1 billion dollars in at least 50 data-collection startups.
35/ They range from smart home data collecting, financial platforms and consumer shopping habits to cybersecurity and machine learning & AI.
37/ Aside from being an early investor in fb, Thiel was also an early investor in Thrive Capital, a VC fund started by Josh Kushner, Jared…
38/ …Kushner’s brother.
39/ The Kushners and Thiel investments overlap at various startups like Reddit, Artsy, Oscar and Cadre.
40/ In a revised filing after entering the WH, Jared revealed his real estate holding comp. owned a stake in Cadre.
41/ Yuri Milner, a billionaire Russian investor who co-founded Digital Sky Technologies, is also an investor in Cadre.
42/ D.S.T. and, another Milner company, invested $200 million in fb from 2009-2011.
43/ D.S.T is co-owned by Alisher Usmanov, a Russian billionaire oligarch with long ties to the Russian gov.
44/ Zuckerberg defends the decision to allow Russians to invest in fb.
45/ The banning of minority activists on fb has raised concerns that Russia may be playing a role.
46/ The disinformation campaign is an admitted ploy by Russia.
47/ Perhaps another reason for minority activists being banned on fb may be as simple as fb’s demographics.
48/ Most employees are white so they may not be the best arbiters of what constitutes racism.
49/ Moderators have also complained about not being properly trained, supported and paid.
50/ Another flawed system w/in fb, which has been vastly underreported, is the technical aid it provided to Trump’s presidential campaign.
52/ Jared Kushner and Brad Parscale build Project Alamo.
53/ As Kushner began to ramp up Trump's online campaign, he reached out to his tech friends to better understand the tools at his disposal.
54/ These friends included Thiel and his brother Josh.
55/ Kushner and Parscale created Project Alamo to build first-rate tech tools to target undecided voters.
56/ The Trump campaign contracted w/ Cambridge Analytica to develop a dataset of nearly 200 million Americans.
57/ This became the foundation by which Project Alamo formulated its various online social network campaigns.
58/ Of the total dataset, the campaign "identified 13.5 million voters in 16 battleground states whom it consider(ed) persuadable."
60/ The data was used to build tools like the "Battleground Optimizer Path to Victory" model which weighed and ranked the most critical…
61/ …states it needed to get to 270 electoral votes.
62/ The campaign admits voter suppression was one of its strategies.
64/ But perhaps the most useful part of the operation were the developers that Facebook and Google supplied.
65/ When asked by a BBC reporter what the Facebook, Google and YouTube employees were doing at Project Alamo, Theresa Hong, a former Alamo…
66/ …employee admitted: "They were helping us, you know. They were our hands-on partners as far as being able to utilize the platform...
67/ as effectively as possible.”
68/ “When you’re pumping in millions and millions of dollars to the social platforms, you’re going to get white club treatment."
69/ "So, they would send people, you know representatives, to the Project Alamo to ensure that all our needs were being met."
71/ Project Alamo generated at least 35,000-45,000 ad iterations per day. The Trump campaign spent at least $85 million on fb advertising.
72/ Hong went on to say: "Without Facebook, we wouldn’t have won. I mean Facebook really and truly put us over the edge."
73/ "Facebook was the medium that proved most successful for this campaign.”
74/ Parscale agrees.
75/ So, did Facebook and Google employees work for the Trump campaign while knowing the campaign was consciously...
76/ trying to suppress voter turnout? And did the leaders at Facebook and Google know the whole time?
77/ Please read my related threads:
80/ Also, please consider following me as I have more threads to come.
Technically, I beat "60 Minutes" to the punch. :) Regardless, glad to see MSM is on this story now.…
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