Call me skeptical, but does anyone else find it a bit strange that Silicon Valley’s biggest players met with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) – yes, the same one that tried to rig the last election against then-candidate Trump – along with other executive branch agencies Wednesday?
According to Bloomberg, that’s exactly what happened – and they met on Silicon Valley’s home turf.
“Executives from Facebook Inc. and Google met with U.S. intelligence officials on Wednesday to discuss the technology industry’s security efforts leading up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, according to a person familiar with the talks,” Bloomberg said.
The meeting reportedly took place at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Twitter and Microsoft were also there.
Along with the FBI, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was represented at the meeting, as well as other undefined staff members at the Department of Homeland Security.
So, the world’s most powerful tech companies got together with the world’s most powerful law enforcement and intelligence agencies. What could go wrong there?
“The full-day meetings were arranged to discuss how tech companies like Facebook are preparing for election-related security issues, including government-backed online disinformation campaigns similar to the one Russia orchestrated ahead of the 2016 U.S. election,” according to the report. “In June, a senior Trump administration official told reporters that Russia, China, and Iran are all trying to influence public opinion ahead of the 2020 elections.”
That sounds innocuous enough. In fact, protecting the integrity of American elections sounds downright noble. Except for the fact that if Silicon Valley had its way, America would become a far-left, totalitarian, hellscape.
Remember: Google donates vast sums to leftist candidates, and one of its former engineers is on the record saying that the company is rooting against Trump in 2020. The company’s executives and employees actually cried the day after Trump won in 2016, and said that Trump supporters were filled with “fear, xenophobia, hatred.” But don’t worry, I’m sure they can be trusted to work with the same law enforcement entity whose highest level employees said they would be sure to “stop” Trump from winning in 2016.
And then, of course, there’s Facebook.
“Attendees at Wednesday’s meeting will also discuss plans for better coordination of security efforts between tech companies and government agencies — something that didn’t happen in 2016. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, was leading the meeting, according to a person familiar with the situation,” according to Bloomberg.
The world’s largest social network couldn’t possibly be biased against conservatives, could it? Oh wait. It banned four of Trump’s top influencers in May: Laura Loomer, Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, and Paul Joseph Watson, labeling them as “dangerous,” while terror group ISIS operates openly on Facebook’s subsidiary, Instagram.
But what about Twitter? That platform is fair to conservatives, right?
Loomer, Yiannopoulos, Jones, and nearly anybody who’s anybody outside of the weak, politically impotent wing of the GOP like Ben Shapiro, has been nuked from that platform, too. If they haven’t been completely banned, they’ve been suspended – all for arbitrary “terms of service” violations.
A little bit of skepticism in this situation certainly isn’t out of place. Whenever that much power meets in one room, we should always be asking for total transparency. Instead, we only get secrets.
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