Previously this week, a coalition of veteran and progressive groups required that the Joe Biden campaign commit that no Facebook executives or signed up lobbyists would be appointed to the Biden shift group or future administration if elected.
Groups like Defend American Democracy, the Open Markets Institute, and Need Progress penned their letter, addressed to transition group leaders previous Sen. Ted Kaufman and Yohannes Abraham, citing Facebook’s involvement in spreading out “hazardous COVID-19 health conspiracies and supercharging election false information” as reasons not to hire any high-level company executives into key shift or administrative roles. In the letter, the groups requested that the project avoid onboarding any present senior executive, vice president, product manager, board member, C-suite executive, policy or regulative official, or signed up lobbyist into these positions.
” We know the Biden transition would not think about people who work for or lobby on behalf of Tobacco companies or the National Rifle Association for a function in the transition or the administration,” the groups composed.
The Biden project did not instantly react to an ask for remark.
Throughout the 2020 campaign, the Biden camp has come down hard on Facebook over its material small amounts choices involving the election. Last October, the campaign sent a letter to Facebook asking for that it decline political ads that could be deceptive after Donald Trump’s reelection campaign ran an ad wrongly claiming that the former vice president pushed Ukraine into shooting a prosecutor connected to his son Hunter.
” Facebook’s organisation model is poisonous to American democracy, and they have actually stopped working to make adjustments when the outcomes of Facebook’s impact have actually been quite clear,” Alexander McCoy, a Marine Corps veteran and political director of Typical Defense, a letter signatory, told The Brink on Wednesday. “That suggests that they can’t be depended have the very best interest of the country and the American people at heart.”
Executives and workers of big tech firms played a considerable role in Barack Obama’s administration, frequently controversially. More recently, Need Progress gotten in touch with Trump-appointed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to recuse himself from any cases including Facebook as he is close friends with the company’s current vice president of public policy, Joel Kaplan.