Another whistleblower has come forward to talk about practices at Facebook. However, some believe this is a red herring to get people to accept even more crackdowns on free speech from the social media giant.
A former Facebook employee submitted an affidavit Friday accusing the company of not doing enough to tamp down hate speech, Fox News reported. This comes on the heels of another former employee, Frances Haugen, who testified earlier this month to similar accusations.
The legal document was obtained by the Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. In it, the whistleblower claims Facebook downplayed possible retribution from Russia over supposed interference during the 2016 presidential election. “It will be a flash in the pan. Some legislators will get pissy,” the person claimed Facebook communications official Tucker Bounds said at the time.
“And then in a few weeks they will move onto something else. Meanwhile, we are printing money in the basement, and we are fine,” Bounds is accused of saying.
Meanwhile, Bounds denied any recollection of this conversation and accused the news outlet of being sloppy. “Being asked about a purported one-on-one conversation four years ago with a faceless person, with no other sourcing than the empty accusation itself, is a first for me,” he said.
“This is beneath the Washington Post, which during the last five years competed ferociously with the New York Times over the number of corroborating sources its reporters could find for single anecdotes in deeply reported, intricate stories,” Bounds continued. “It sets a dangerous precedent to hang an entire story on a single source making a wide range of claims without any apparent corroboration.”
Gretchen Peters, journalist and found of Alliance to Counter Crime Online, has added this recent filing to her crusade against Big Tech’s seeming inaction against hate speech, drug sales, and other objectionable content. “Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives repeatedly claimed high rates of success in restricting illicit and toxic content — to lawmakers, regulators and investors — when in fact they knew the firm could not remove this content and remain profitable,” Peters said in a statement.
However, the push to further censor using this latest filing makes it not pass the smell test considering the track history Facebook and others have had with silencing conservative voices. This seems made to order considering how tightly the left has clung to the Russia collusion narrative despite little evidence of any widespread interference.