Alt-Right Publisher Bannon Sought to Infiltrate Facebook Days Before Joining Trump Campaign
Emails Between Bannon and Milo Yiannopoulos Detail Attempts to Plant a Mole Inside the Tech Giant
Less than a month before ascending to the role of then-candidate Donald Trump’s campaign chair, Steve Bannon engaged in a conspiracy to infiltrate Facebook and expose what the alt-right considered to be politically motivated hiring practices, according to emails recently uncovered by Buzzfeed. Per the conversation between Bannon, Breitbart columnist Milo Yiannopoulos and the Family Research Council’s Chris Gacek, the plan emerged from a job posting on the popular professional networking platform LinkedIn.
Per Buzzfeed‘s publication of the email transcript, Gacek initiated the proposed plot:
“There is one for a DC-based ‘Public Policy Manager’ at Facebook’s What’s APP [sic] division,” Gacek, the Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs at the group, wrote on August 1, 2016. “LinkedIn sent me a notice about some job openings.”
“This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo with INTEL about the job application process over at FB,
To which Bannon asked Yiannopolous, “Can u get on this?”
Buzzfeed notes that neither Bannon, Yiannopolous, Gacek or Facebook comment on the allegations.
During the heated 2016 Presidential campaign, Facebook faced intense criticism from both the right and left about perceived bias in how content was disseminated to its billion-plus users. The ultra-conservative American Freedom Law Center went so far as to sue the company over it. All the while, the United States government was fully aware of Russia’s attempts to exploit the platform and influence the election:
Nine days after Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as “crazy” the idea that fake news on his company’s social network played a key role in the U.S. election, President Barack Obama pulled the youthful tech billionaire aside and delivered what he hoped would be a wake-up call.
While it’s obvious that the foreign entity was abusing Facebook to aid in the election of Donald Trump, not until now did the public learn that white nationalists were conspiring to do the same thing.
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