A top Facebook official was caught on undercover camera saying that the tech company has become too powerful and should be broken up.
A Project Veritas video released yesterday shows Facebook’s Global Planning Lead, Benny Thomas, expressing his concerns over CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s level of power.
“I would break up Facebook, which means I would make less money probably, but I don’t care. Like, that’s what needs to be done. Instagram, Facebook Messenger, Oculus, WhatsApp, they all need to be separate companies. It’s too much power when they’re all one together,” Thomas said in the video.
“Most people don’t understand these things and most people don’t think about them, which is why a lot of [expletive] goes down because a lot of people aren’t paying attention.”
“No king in the history of the world has been the ruler of two billion people, but Mark Zuckerberg is and he’s 36. That’s too much for a 36-year-old. You should not have power over two billion people. I just think that’s wrong,” Thomas continued.
“He [Zuckerberg] owns a controlling stake in the company. So, you can’t do it the usual way that you do it in corporate, which is the board can just fire you, right? The board can’t do that to Zuck. The board can’t do that to Larry Page and Sergey Brin [Google] because they own too much of the company. They’re too powerful. So, these are not companies anymore. These are countries,” he said.
Thomas also said he was part of a voter registration drive through Facebook, where they registered 4.5 million voters and that he thinks it helped Biden win the 2020 race.
“One of the things I worked on, which made me happy, was a voter registration drive. These are the kinds of things – this is the good side of Facebook. This is the kind of thing that you can only do with a company that has the sheer scale and reach of Facebook. We set ourselves a goal of registering four million new people and we went over that target, we did 4.5 [million],” he said.
The undercover Project Veritas journalist replied, “I’m pretty sure he [Biden] won that way. What do you think?” To which Thomas replied “Exactly, I think so, too.”
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Report: Chinese Money Behind Funding for Facebook Fact Checker Company
A Facebook fact-checking company named Lead Stories, gets part of its money from its partnership with TikTok.
TikTok made headlines when Trump was going to ban them from being able to operate within the US due to their ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). They have been deemed a national security threat by American authorities.
A company that is supposed to oversee the fact checkers is ran by the Poynter Institute which is another TikTok partner.
Lead Stories says it’s been contracted by ByteDance “for fact checking related work” referring to TikTok’s announcement earlier this year that it has partnered with several organizations “to further aid our efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation,” particularly regarding the CCP virus pandemic which originated in China and was exacerbated by the CCP regime’s coverup.
Lead Stories was started in 2015 by Belgian website developer Maarten Schenk, CNN veteran Alan Duke, and two lawyers from Florida and Colorado. It listed operating expenses of less than $50,000 in 2017, but had expanded seven-fold by 2019, largely thanks to the more than $460,000 Facebook paid it for fact-checking services in 2018 and 2019. The company took on more than a dozen staffers, about half of them CNN alumni, and became one of Facebook’s most prolific fact-checkers of American content.
This year, the funding sources included Google, Facebook, ByteDance, and several online advertising services. Advertising brought it less than $25,000 last year, the group said.
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Facebook Was Used More Than Any Other Platform To Organize Jan 6th Riot, So Why Was Parler Deplatformed
According to the Department of Justice charging documents, Facebook was used more than any other social media site when it came to organizing the Jan. 6 riots, yet Parler was deplatformed for this reason.
The Program on Extremism at George Washington University has collected the indictments of 223 people who have been charged for participating in the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, which caused five deaths and temporarily delayed the certification of President Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
Facebook was used by 73 of the people charged with crimes, more than all other social media sites combined, according to a Forbes analysis.
New – An analysis of 226 DOJ charging documents shows Facebook was far and away the most used social media platform used by those charged in the January 6 siege of Capitol Hill.https://t.co/Ut6k7Xu29h?
— Thomas Brewster (@iblametom) February 7, 2021
Forbes reported that Parler was only used by eight people that were charged yet they were taken down from Amazon Web Services (AWS) who hosted their platform along with being removed from Apple and Google’s app stores.
According to the Washington Post, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg passed blame to Parler and Gab saying, “I think these events were largely organized on platforms that don’t have our abilities to stop hate, don’t have our standards and don’t have our transparency.”
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