One Meta board member just said their 2020 election interference was not enough

Feb 9, 2024

We now know the 2020 elections were compromised.

No one was more involved in the scheme to install Joe Biden than Big Tech.

But one Meta board member just said their 2020 election interference was not enough.

Facebook/Meta, along with the mainstream media, other Big Tech companies, and even U.S. intelligence agencies, engaged in rampant election interference in 2020.

Facebook said they didn’t do enough to interfere in the elections

In the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election, Meta’s Facebook helped quash the New York Post’s reporting on Hunter Biden’s laptop, suspended the accounts of former President Donald Trump on Facebook and Instagram, and censored hundreds of conservative and GOP accounts.

But now a member of Meta’s oversight board has shockingly said that Facebook “had not done enough” to control and shut down speech on the platform.

In a recent interview with Wired, board member Pamela San Martín said that as the mega tech platform enters the 2024 election cycle, “even though we’re addressing the problems that arose in prior elections as a starting point, it is not enough.”

“Between the U.S. election [in 2020] to the Brazilian election [in 2022], Meta had not done enough to address the potential misuse of its platforms through coordinated campaigns, people organizing, or using bots on the platforms to convey a message to destabilize a country, to create a lack of trust or confidence on electoral processes,” she added.

According to San Martín, even though their efforts to install Joe Biden into the Presidency were successful, working with U.S. intelligence agencies to engage in blatant election interference in 2020 was not enough.

And despite the overt interference by Facebook in 2020, it appears that the giant social media platform is gearing up to do even more election manipulation in 2024. 

Reducing the distribution of legitimate news that hurts Joe Biden

On the very same day that the New York Post published the bombshell emails recovered from Hunter Biden’s laptop, Facebook policy communications director Andy Stone tweeted that “while I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform.”

Even the radical left-wing NPR admitted “that means the platform’s algorithms won’t place posts linking to the story as highly in people’s news feeds, reducing the number of users who see it.” 

But that wasn’t enough for Facebook.

The Big Tech giant also removed a Trump campaign ad earlier that year and suspended his account.

After a staff report from the House Oversight Committee and Judiciary Committee described “How Democrats Are Attempting to Sow Uncertainty, Inaccuracy, and Delay in the 2020 Election,” Facebook “flagged the Judiciary Committee Republicans’ post about the report, and linked to a website that Facebook describes as containing ‘official election resources.’” 

Facebook also banned political ads that it claimed made false allegations about issues like “voter fraud.”

For example, two months before the November election, Trump said absentee voters were “going to have to go and check their vote by going to the poll and voting that way.”

“Let them send it in and let them go vote, and if the system is as good as they say it is, then obviously they won’t be able to vote,” Trump said.

Facebook responded to this very legitimate concern by telling USA Today that “it will remove any videos supporting the President’s suggestion, as well as any videos without captions or context.” 

Shutting down conservative voices

In addition to meddling with election-related content to limit voters’ access to important information, Facebook also spent the months and years leading up to the election censoring hundreds of conservative voices, including the sitting President of the United States.

In August of 2020, Facebook removed a clip Trump posted of himself saying that children were “almost immune from this disease [COVID].”  

It was a scientific fact that children were far less likely to become seriously ill from Covid, something even the Centers for Disease Control pointed out.

Since the day Joe Biden was installed in the White House, Facebook has worked with the administration to censor his dissenters. 

But despite all of this, San Martín told Wired that Facebook still needs to do more. 

“Social media platforms need to learn from past mistakes to be able to address them better this year,” she said.

She added that since 2020, “we’ve seen an advance in Meta using more tools to address election-related issues.”

She also listed some “election-specific initiatives” that Meta has tested out “in different countries.” 

These include “working with electoral authorities, adding labels to posts that are related to elections, directing people to reliable information, prohibiting paid advertisement when it calls into question the legitimacy of elections, and implementing WhatsApp forward limits.”

San Martín also discussed “how [Meta’s] own algorithms, their own news feeds, their own recommendation systems, their own political ads can play a part” in what she called “protection” of “electoral processes.” 

And San Martín said it’s something she wants to see more of from Big Tech, not less.

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