Rappoport shows that Google, Facebook, and YouTube are deeply influenced by government intelligence agencies. Facebook received $13-million in 2004 from Accel Partners, which is indirectly funded by the CIA and DARPA, a research division of the US military. Google works closely with the military-industrial complex.
Facebook banned California Republican congressional Candidate Elizabeth Heng’s campaign video ad about communist crimes that led her parents to flee mass murder by communists in Cambodia in the 1970’s. Facebook says it does not allow “shocking, disrespectful, or sensational” content. [Does anyone actually believe that? Can you imagine Facebook banning a leftist campaign video that showed Nazi crimes against communists in Europe? Neither can we.] See the banned video here.
Donald Trump, Jr., reveals that Instagram, a photo-sharing app owned by Facebook, is shadow banning his posts – and those of others who speak the language of conservatism. One example is that a recent post of his averaged over seven million impressions but there were zero new followers – which, is an impossibility without intervention by Facebook.
A federal judge certified a class action lawsuit allowing millions of users to sue Facebook for violating an Illinois state law, the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008, that holds a fine of $1,000 to $5,000 each time a user’s photo is used without permission. Facebook argued unsuccessfully that each case should be tried individually as damages could run in the billions.
Facebook has two major problems, privacy and propaganda, which may lead to government regulation over the private company. Facebook is the biggest provider of news in the US, with a long track record of censorship, and it has the power to turn election results. Google and Facebook control 90% of the digital advertisement market. In addition, Americans’ privacy has been grossly violated because they have not understood the User Agreement.
Carol Davidsen, the former media director for the Obama campaign in 2012, revealed that Democrats were able to “suck out the entire social graph” or network of friends from individuals on Facebook, which they used to bolster their email lists. Davidsen says that, when Facebook found out, did nothing to stop the process (which they could have done) because they liked what was being done with the names.