Facebook “whistleblower” Frances Haugen is being treated by the left and media as a hero. But The Wall Street Journal, Glenn Greenwald and Ben Shapiro, to name a few, have blasted Haugen’s push against free speech online.
Haugen’s critics see this social media scandal as the Democrats’ latest ploy to arrogate more censorship power to themselves. Recent revelations reveal that Haugen gave to many leftist organizations and was part of the Facebook team that censored Hunter Biden’s laptop story.
Opinion piece The Wall Street Journal, the very source of The Facebook Files, and written by The Editorial Board, is titled, “Facebook Needs to Empower Parents, Not Censor Political Speech.” The Journal agreed with Haugen’s critiques, but added, “This is a problem that can’t be solved by government.” The JournalInstead, advocates advocated giving parents and users more control. The Journal objected to the Democrat focus on alleged “misinformation.” “They’ve proposed eliminating Section 230 liability protection for algorithms or requiring Facebook to submit its algorithms to regulators for review. Just what we need—a Bureau of Algorithms,” The JournalYou can be seen drily.
Glenn GreenwaldIn his newsletter, he slammed Haugen as well as her anti-free speech leftist supporters. “Many things are revealed by who is bestowed hero status by the corporate media,” Greenwald warned. While acknowledging Big Tech as “grave menaces,” he objected to increased censorship and government control. Greenwald assessed Haugen as a “seemingly informed ‘insider’ face” for the argument that Facebook is destructive by “allowing too much content to go uncensored.” Greenwald indicated that Democrats and their allies don’t want to reform Section 230 well if that means less censorship. Greenwald also said that Section 230 reform might be misused by the left. Greenwald accused the Democrats of wanting to create “captive audiences” by destroying or controlling information competitors:
“[F]Social media allows them to stop the flow of information from being controlled by their workers. They allow ordinary people, without any credentials, to ask questions, dispute and challenge their orders or reach a larger audience they are unable control. Destroying alternatives to their failing platforms is thus a means of self-preservation.”
Ben ShapiroTaken to Twitter to criticize the Democrats’ censorship push and to call out Haugen for requesting a “regulatory home where someone like me” could “work on things like regulationThis is a.” Haugen “isn’t blowing the whistle at all,” Shapiro tweeted. “Democrats and media explicitly wish to avoid neutral, transparent regulation of Facebook. Instead they desire an agency which will be a super-CEO of Facebook. They’re not hiding the ball on this The goal is control of informational dissemination,” Shapiro insisted.
Facebook’s civic integrity team, of which Haugen was a part, censored the Hunter Biden laptop reports during the 2020 election. After Biden became president, the team was disbanded by Haugen who reportedly felt unhappy with her job. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’sHaugen is being represented by an PR firm, it seems. Bill Burton, former Obama deputy press secretary, and his consulting firm are also reportedly giving Haugen “strategic guidance.” Haugen is purportedly a leftist activist and AOC donor whose lawyers also worked with the “whistleblower” who was the catalyst for Donald Trump’s impeachment. Multiple Democrats called for greater online censorship during Haugen’s testimony at the Senate hearing.
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