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DeSantis Directs Secretary Of State To Investigate Facebook For Election Interference




Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) has directed Florida Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee to investigate Facebook for alleged election interference after recent reports suggesting that Facebook impacted the results of state and local elections.

“I hereby direct that your office immediately investigate this alleged election interference caused by Facebook through its whitelisting program – and any other previously undisclosed program within Facebook – in order to determine whether any violations of Florida’s election laws took place,” DeSantis said in a letter to Lee. “Your office should use all legal means to uncover any such violations, including but not limited to, issuing subpoenas, conducting witness interviews, reviewing all available information and consulting with law enforcement.”

“The thought of technology companies clandestinely manipulating elections is an affront to the basic principles of our republic,” DeSantis added. “Floridians deserve to have faith that their elections are fair and free from intrusion by Big Tech monopolies like Facebook.”

DeSantis cited a recent report from the Wall Street Journal, which found that Facebook has a secret list of users that are not subject to Facebook’s content posting rules.

“According to a review of internal Facebook documents conducted by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook has created a shadow list of certain users who are immune from Facebook’s enforcement actions on posting content,” DeSantis wrote. “These elites – selected by Facebook behind closed doors – are able to post material without being subject to the opaque review process that normal users endure. This “whitelist” effectively creates two classes of speakers on Facebook’s platform: those who are privileged and those who are not.”

According to the Wall Street Journal report, “While the program included most government officials, it didn’t include all candidates for public office, at times effectively granting incumbents in elections an advantage over challengers. The discrepancy was most prevalent in state and local races, the documents show, and employees worried Facebook could be subject to accusations of favoritism.”

DeSantis’ office said in a press release, “If the Wall Street Journal report is accurate, Facebook has created a privileged class of speakers and has empowered them to manipulate our elections with impunity. Even more disturbing, these elite users on Facebook’s ‘whitelist’ were allegedly selected by the tech giant behind closed doors. The selection process, scope, and real-world influence of the whitelist is concealed from the public and known only to Facebook. If true, this process may have provided a benefit to incumbent elected politicians over their challengers in state and local elections.”

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  1. Kay Bridges

    September 28, 2021 at 9:52 am

    Anyone with any sense at all knows that FB, a traitor to freedom of speech has did just that in order to spread untrue propaganda. To bring America to it’s knees.

  2. Elaine Brown-Rondeau

    September 28, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Facebook, Twitter, and Google are monopolies and need to be broken up. It is truly scary the censorship that goes on in these companies to manipulate election results. I had enough of their algorithms and quit using all of them, when they censored our President but allowed terrorists to continue to use their platforms. Disgusting!

  3. Bridget

    September 28, 2021 at 2:50 pm

    FB and Twitter BOTH interfered with the election😡😡😡 why is this taking so long? They interfered for a hard year before the election.

  4. Michael White

    September 30, 2021 at 8:19 am

    A “whitelist” and a “blacklist”.
    Aren’t these companies supported by advertisers that are complicit in this Anti- American practice?
    I know we can’t quit buying food but we support better companies that make goods and services that are in freedom of speech mode.
    Walmart has always until pressured by the un American left to support fairness and Pro American beliefs

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