Possibly this explains Fb’s kid-gloves method to right-wing propaganda — a brand new e-book claims Zuckerberg agreed to a “hands-off method to conservative websites” in alternate for lax rules.
There aren’t any good guys in any story involving Peter Theil, Mark Zuckerberg, Jared Kushner, and Donald Trump. However we should maintain our noses and delve into this. So… do not forget that 2019 photo of Trump and Zuckerberg, the place Zuckerberg had the defeated look of a child who’d simply been crushed up and pantsed on the playground, whereas Trump declared “Good assembly with Mark Zuckerberg of Fb within the Oval Workplace at the moment.”? A forthcoming e-book particulars that very incident with behind-the-spray tan particulars, and it certain seems like Zuckerberg received railroaded in a mafia-style extortion deal by the Trump household.
New Peter Thiel e-book:
Mark Zuckerberg struck a deal at a WH assembly w/Trump + Kushner in 2019.
Fb would keep away from fact-checking political speech in return for hands-off rules.
(Zuckerberg denies this.) https://t.co/P47my0JOLs
— Seth Hettena (@seth_hettena) September 20, 2021
Earlier than we go into these particulars, we must always observe that Mark Zuckerberg himself known as this model of occasions “fairly ridiculous.” It comes from a New York magazine book excerpt of a forthcoming unauthorized Peter Thiel biography that incorporates all method of unflattering revelations about gay libertarian billionaire jerk Peter Thiel. However one specific anecdote has dominated the tech information sector because the piece was revealed Monday, and we’ll print it verbatim beneath:
Zuckerberg noticed Thiel as a political ally. Zuckerberg had been criticized by conservative media earlier than the 2016 election and, with Thiel’s encouragement, had sought to cater to them.
In 2019, whereas on a visit to Washington to reply questions from Congress about his digital forex, Thiel joined Zuckerberg, Jared Kushner, Trump, and their spouses on the White Home. The specifics of the dialogue had been secret — however, as I report in my e-book, Thiel later instructed a confidant that Zuckerberg got here to an understanding with Kushner through the meal. Fb, he promised, would proceed to keep away from fact-checking political speech — thus permitting the Trump marketing campaign to assert no matter it needed. If the corporate adopted by means of on that promise, the Trump administration would lay off on any heavy-handed rules.
After the dinner, Zuckerberg took a hands-off method to conservative websites.
Once more, Zuck calls this account “fairly ridiculous.” But it surely certain explains rather a lot! In any case, it was not lengthy after that when conservative posts all of a sudden dominated the top daily posts, when Fb removed “strikes” for misinformation from conservative websites, and most bafflingly, their “trusted news sources” had been revised to include right-wing horseshit machines Brietbart and Ben Shapiro’s Each day Wire.
And as you could recall, Twitter flagged and labeled Trump’s tweets after the “When the looting begins, the taking pictures begins” submit, whereas Fb didn’t so squat, leading to a “virtual walkout” by exasperated employees.
Zuckerberg has denied the entire story, with out elaborating, however it certain does cross the odor check. Neither Kushner nor Trump has responded, but when they do, it’s possible they’d repeat a earlier chorus that we now know was false: “No quid professional quo.”
Picture: Donald J. Trump via Facebook