Big Tech censorship is the largest campaign finance violation ever and the cost to Americans is in the billions.
Engineer and data expert, Chris Gleason has been reaching out to Florida politicians since early 2021 to get them to look a the real cost of Facebook and Twitter’s actions of censoring and de-platforming conservative websites. He’s received little to no response to date.
With the information released by Twitter this past weekend, the cost of Twitter’s actions related to US politics is now very relevant.
In a letter to the top government officials in Florida this weekend, Gleason said in part:
Perhaps, now in light of Elon Musk confirming the information that I have presented to you several times now, someone within the state of Florida and their “Election Crimes Division” will take some action. At some point surely someone in Florida government will honor their oath of office…How many felonies must I personally bring to your attention before you take definitive action? I have brought to you the largest cases of campaign finance violations in the United States and Florida history.
Gleason is referring to his emails from as early as January of 2021 when he shared with the Florida leadership team about the costs of Big Tech meddling in US Elections. Gleason shared in a February 2021 email his concerns about the egregious violations of both Federal and State campaign finance laws by BigTech:
I am particularly concerned about the violations by Facebook, Twitter, Google and the C Suite executives at these companies. The concerns that I have currently if not immediately and properly addressed will affect political candidates who are not preferred by BigTech to ever win another election again.
Prior to the 2018 midterm elections Facebook, Twitter, Google and Patreon conspired to deplatform accounts, pages and groups that supported the opponents of their preferred candidates. These actions were taken while claiming to protect the integrity of the election from inauthentic activity by bad actors such as Russian bot farms, and fake news websites that monetize content through advertising. At the time I had an extensive presence across numerous social media platforms with millions of fans/followers and over 100 million weekly post views. Since my deplatforming in the weeks leading up to the 2018 midterm elections I have been desperately trying to bring attention to these serious crimes being committed by these Big Tech executives.
I am involved in technology as a profession and I have a unique insight as to what is really going on with BigTech and to the extent of how this illegal behavior goes right to the C Suite at these companies. I had a four-year working relationship with Chuck Rossi, the now former head of engineering at Facebook. We worked together from 2014 to 2018 restoring Facebook profiles, pages and groups who had been unfairly deplatformed. Chuck Rossi was the individual at Facebook who reviewed and approved every single line of code that was pushed to Facebook’s servers. Prior to working at Facebook Chuck Rossi was employed by Google in a similar capacity. Rossi left Google when he could no longer tolerate their unethical behavior.
This is extremely critical to the entire case of holding Facebook and their C-Suite accountable for their actions in the previous election cycles. There is concrete evidence of what has gone on and it lies in the decisions made at the highest levels of Facebook and in the source code that has been published to Facebook’s servers across the globe. IT IS ALL DOCUMENTABLE.
These insights and personal email communications prove without a shadow of a doubt that Facebook has been and is still interfering with the elections on a national and state level. They show how Facebook’s actions have been in “BAD FAITH”, are completely arbitrary and their standards are not being applied equally. They show how Facebook has been violating every single campaign finance law on a scale that is completely unprecedented and previously unimaginable.
My emails and conversations with Chuck Rossi show that the decision to deplatform and censor comes directly from the CEO and COOs at the largest tech companies in the world. They show that the deplatforming decisions being made in the C Suites are not being made in “Good Faith” rather they are being taken to interfere and influence elections on a Federal and State level. They also show a Facebook insider within the highest levels of management telling me to bring this to the attention of politicians and media.
These bad faith actions on behalf of the C-Suite at Facebook were the reason for Chuck Rossi and other high-level management at Facebook to resign in the days surrounding the 2018 midterm elections. Because these actions in 2018 have not been addressed the censorship, deplatforming and election interference by Big Tech has gotten far more brazen as evidenced by the deplatforming of a sitting US President and the aid in the theft of the 2020 general election.
There are a few issues that need to be addressed. The first is that Facebook and Twitter are using their algorithms that regulate user news feeds to boost post reach and throttle post reach. These algorithms do not write themselves. Software developers do not code in a vacuum. They are told what to code. These algorithms reflect the direct intent of management within these companies. These algorithms reflect the biases and agenda of the highest levels of Big Tech management. There is “Special Assistance” that is given to profiles, pages and groups that Facebook management approves of. This “Special Assistance” includes hard coding of profiles, pages and groups to not be taken down through reporting of “violations” of their “Community Standards” and “Terms and Conditions”. I know that this is the case because several of my pages had been hard-coded by Chuck Rossi to not be taken down through mass reporting for violations that never happened.
Facebook and Twitter charge for increasing the views of posts for businesses and pages. There is a very real and demonstrable cost per additional impression/post view. This is the business model of online advertising today.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING AVERAGE COSTS PER CLICK
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM AVERAGE ADVERTISING COST (CPC) $0.97 PER CLICK $3.56 PER CLICK $0.38 PER CLICK
SOCIAL MEDIA ADVERTISING COSTS AVERAGE CPM
SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM AVERAGE ADVERTISING COST (CPC) $7.19 PER 1000 IMPRESSIONS $7.91 PER 1000 IMPRESSIONS $6.46 PER 1000 IMPRESSIONS
Facebook, Twitter and Google have been altering these algorithms to increase the post views of their preferred political candidates. This can and is easily demonstrated by looking at the data available across multiple election cycles. This additional post reach for their “preferred” candidates is not being disclosed by those making these contributions nor the campaigns that are the beneficiaries of these contributions. The additional reach these posts receive are “In Kind Campaign Contributions”, “Undisclosed Campaign Contributions” and [are] “Far In Excess of Any Allowable Campaign Finance Limits” under Federal and State laws.
Both Facebook and Twitter improve reach for profiles, pages and businesses that are “Verified”. Facebook and Twitter have been caught refusing to verify social media profiles of the opponents to their “preferred” political candidates. The most recent example of was Anna Paulina Luna.
Although Facebook and Twitter do not charge for this “Verified” status it does have a significant monetary value as Facebook and Twitter charge for additional post views. Verified profiles and pages receive additional favor in the algorithms used. Verified profiles also see improved placement in on platform search recommendations.
By Facebook and Twitter refusing to “Verify” the opponents to their “preferred” political candidates they are effectively reducing the post reach of their political opponents. This has an even greater value for their “preferred” candidate as it is suppression of post views of the opposition.
What is the monetary value to a business or candidate for disallowing their competition to be verified? One could reasonably argue that the suppression of post views and reach on social media is far more valuable than just the additional post views that their “preferred” candidates are receiving.
What would the value of a marketing campaign be that gave Coca-Cola additional impressions i.e. post view reach and suppressed the impressions i.e. post views/reach of Pepsi?
Facebook and Twitter have been censoring and throttling posts made by political candidates who are running against their preferred candidates. What is the monetary value of suppressing the message of your political opposition or competition?
The decision by the C Suites to suppress truthful negative information about their preferred candidates, banning accounts, deplatforming users and grass roots communities has a monetary value that is incalculable.
Facebook and Twitter have been extremely active deplatforming supporters of their political opponents. What is the value of eliminating the profiles, pages and posts of your competitor / political opposition’s supporters from social media?
In 2018 I was part of a group of social media users who was totally deplatformed across every social media platform in concert by Facebook and Twitter. Collectively, we had over 100 Million fans/followers with a weekly post reach that exceeded 2 BILLION views. What would the monetary value of eliminating 2 BILLION post views in the weeks leading up to an election be? This action had a chilling effect on the outcome of the 2018 midterm election.
In both the 2018 and 2020 federal and state elections Facebook and Twitter BOTH restricted the running of ads by the candidates who were running in opposition to their preferred candidates. This was done suddenly and without notice. What is the value of restricting your competition’ ability to advertise in the last weeks and days prior to the election?
What is the combined monetary value of these actions in total on a national level? What is the combined monetary value of these actions in total on a state level?
One thing is certain, through all the actions listed above made under the direction of Zuckerberg, Sandberg, Dorsey and Pichai there has been a long and demonstrable history in making illegal undisclosed personal and undisclosed corporate in-kind contributions to their preferred political candidates and ballot initiatives.
Why this has not been investigated thus far by the FEC, the FBI and DOJ is completely unacceptable. They are completely aware of these crimes however they have chosen to do nothing about it. The FBI and DOJ prosecuted Dinesh D’Souza for far less.
President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was fined $375,000 by the Federal Election Commission for campaign reporting violations — one of the largest fees ever levied against a presidential campaign. Had the Federal Elections Commission been aware of the malfeasance of the bad actions by Facebook’s executives and the use of algorithms in the 2012 election the fines would have been many multiples of the fines imposed in 2008.
The violations by Facebook and Twitter in the 2016 general election, 2018 midterm elections and the 2020 election cycle dwarf the amounts that the Obama campaign was cited for in 2008 on a scale that is hardly imaginable. The decisions to do this rest squarely in the C Suite at Facebook and Twitter.
The gravity of these violations cannot be taken lightly. The implications of this on American elections on the Federal and State level should cause you to pour every single resource that you have available into stopping this and prosecuting this today. The mechanisms to stop these crimes are available today on the Federal level and at the state level today using Federal and state campaign finance laws.
The costs to America of these Big Tech violations are conservatively in the trillions. What’s the cost of aiding one political party in gaining the reigns over the $22 trillion US economy?
With Elon Musk unveiling how the FBI worked with Big Tech to censor conservative Americans we can be sure that that corrupt organization will never address these crimes. They are accomplices in the crimes.
It’s time states across the country address these election finance crimes and prevents Big Tech from ever siding with the corrupt Democrat Party and Deep State ever again.
Chris Gleason can be reached here.