‘Very worrying’: Facebook reportedly using ex-CIA to moderate misinformation policy

Facebook is allegedly going on a hiring spree in the Deep State, according to a report published by a left-wing website.

“It’s very difficult to see where Silicon Valley ends and where the national security state starts,” claimed the journalist who conducted the investigation.

What’s particularly unsettling, he suggested, is that the social media network whose robotic chairman and CEO is the very liberal, Biden-supporting Mark Zuckerberg, is reportedly slotting the recruited ex-feds into content moderation and other sensitive roles.

MintPress News senior staff reporter Alan MacLeod outlined his published findings about these alleged hires during an interview on “Rising,” an episode which was hosted by Batya Ungar-Sargon and Robby Soave, and which is broadcast by The Hill TV.

“Some people say well, it’s not really a big deal: Casinos hire ex-card sharks all the time to protect them from scams and whatnot. But you know, the people that Facebook are hiring are not whistle-blowers, they’re not people who have turned the other cheek. A lot of the time they are actually being taken straight from CIA and put into important positions in Facebook with regards to content moderation and security and trust and safety. It’s not like they’re going into sales or customer service or anything. It’s very politically sensitive fields,” MacLeod explained.

The journalist went on to assert that Central Intelligence Agency hasn’t exactly covered itself in glory in the past.

“Why this is a problem, is, of course, is that the CIA has a terrible track record from everything from organizing coups to running black sites all over the world to even just planting a load of false information into the public domain to suit their own agenda. And so the very fact that the same people who are doing this presumably are now being — you know, we’re now relying on these people to tell us what’s fact and fiction and to sort truth from falsehoods online is very, very, worrying indeed, especially when you look at the CIA’s long history of infiltrating media organizations as well.”

Watch/listen to the interview embedded below and draw your own conclusions:

MacLeod acknowledged that Facebook is loaded with misinformation, but he went on to say that “the fact that these people are now in charge of what we’re seeing and what we’re hearing on our news feeds should really concern everyone, especially people who are more civil-libertarian minded.”

He implied that the revolving door is a way for the U.S. federal government to continue to insist that Facebook and other platforms (which he claimed have similar employment practices) are private companies that can set their own rules, “but can also exert influence in quiet and very opaque ways…even if you’re not even one-percent conspiracy-minded, this should concern you.”

As has been pointed out many times, if the Big Tech town square-equivalent operates as an arm of the federal government, then First Amendment free-speech protections for users would arguably apply.

In response to the premise that these former government employees bring with them necessary cybersecurity expertise, he added that “Sure; it might be great for security from Chinese hackers or Iranian bloggers, but it’s not security from the enormous agencies in Washington, that are, of course, are trying to influence the internet as well. And so ultimately, we might be secure from foreign threats, but we’re not secure from what our own government is doing.”

In a lengthy article published by MintPress on July 12, MacLeod wrote, in part, about Facebook parent Meta:

Studying Meta’s reports, as well as employment websites and databases, MintPress has found that Facebook has recruited dozens of individuals from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as many more from other agencies like the FBI and Department of Defense (DoD). These hires are primarily in highly politically sensitive sectors such as trust, security and content moderation, to the point where some might feel it becomes difficult to see where the U.S. national security state ends and Facebook begins.

In previous investigations, this author has detailed how TikTok is flooded with NATO officials, how former FBI agents abound at Twitter, and how Reddit is led by a former war planner for the NATO think tank, the Atlantic Council. But the sheer scale of infiltration of Facebook blows these away. Facebook, in short, is utterly swarming with spooks.


Parenthetically, Zuckerberg’s Summit Learning initiative  has denied that it recommends schools spy on parents’ onlline activity.

While liberals and Democrats have often made a lot of money on Wall Street despite their public hostility toward capitalism, the grass-roots left traditionally was extremely skeptical of corporate America and especially wary of government spy agencies, while condemning censorship.

As the scenario has evolved over recent years, the left is corporate America, including Big Tech, and appears to be connected to the Deep State.

With the script now flipped, the left, which at one time wanted to stick to The Man, is now morphing into The Man.

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