Biden Staffer Accuses Facebook of ‘Shredding the Fabric of Our Democracy’

November 12th, 2020 12:03 PM

A Biden campaign staffer is furious that conservatives are still allowed to question the integrity of the 2020 election online.

“Bill Russo, a deputy communications director for the president-elect’s campaign ripped the social network in a series of Twitter posts over its failure to clamp down on users disputing the 2020 election results,” the New York Post reported on Wednesday. Russo accused Facebook of “shredding the fabric of our democracy” in an apocalyptic thread slamming the platform for giving conservatives a voice.

Russo specifically condemned how Facebook has allowed conservatives’ concerns about voter fraud to become wildly popular in recent weeks, recounting how “Donald Trump voter fraud and election victory lies represented 17 of the top 20 posts on FB between 11/3-11/8. While Twitter disabled sharing of Trump’s election disinformation, Facebook continued to actively promote the posts in feeds.”

Russo acknowledged that Facebook has engaged in some censorship, but suggested it was nowhere near enough. He directly mentioned how:

“Facebook-enabled mobilization of conspiracy theorists using ‘Stop the Steal’ groups ballooned to over 300k members, before finally being taken down under pressure.

“After Facebook removed the initial group, multiple new ‘stop the steal’ groups formed and grew rapidly.”

Facebook’s tolerance for Breitbart specifically stoked Russo’s ire by criticizing how suspicious the 2020 presidential election has been so far. He credited Breitbart for being “an early amplifier and legitimizer of ‘voter fraud’ misinformation on Facebook, writing ‘The Steal is On’ early Tuesday afternoon after citing numerous debunked conspiracy theories.”

Russo’s solution was, naturally, more censorship:

“Breitbart distribution should have been reduced on Facebook for multiple misinformation violations, but Facebook’s policy team intervened to remove misinformation strikes from its account.”

The New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose made critiques similar to Russo’s earlier this week. He tweeted screenshots of multiple trending stories on Nov. 9 that showed allegations of voter fraud. Roose lamented above the screenshots: “Facebook is absolutely teeming with right-wing misinformation right now.” He followed up by later conceding that “The tricky thing, for Facebook, is that some of the most viral stories aren't strictly false.” He continued to complain: “But they are feeding a stolen election narrative that is going to be hard to dial back.” 

Roose also mentioned what he called, “A Newsmax video full of debunked voter fraud conspiracy theories (dead people voting, poll watchers barred, software glitches)” and remarked on how it “is the 3rd most-shared post of the past three days. 15 million views, 345,000 shares.”

Contrary to liberal critiques, Facebook has cracked down on conservative information in the past year, specifically that which could hurt former Vice President Joe Biden’s bid for the presidency.

Facebook, alongside Twitter, engaged in an unprecedented crackdown this October on the Post’s Hunter Biden bombshell story.

In a shocking revelation released by the Post on Oct. 14, purported emails from Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter reportedly exposed the alleged nefarious dealings of both father and son in the European state of Ukraine. The story claimed emails were found from a Ukrainian executive Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, thanking Hunter Biden for the opportunity to meet his father, Joe Biden, in Washington D.C.

Facebook responded by reducing the story’s circulation on its platform, crippling its ability to spread.

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