Last Updated on January 19, 2024
Big Tech is at it again, setting its sights on the 2024 presidential election. Meta’s Facebook posted a job listing on LinkedIn for “voting rights & elections,” granting a reasonable suspicion after social media platforms censored the Hunter Biden laptop story just before the 2020 election.
The job description details a position under Meta’s Civil Rights Team with an expected “expertise in voting rights, elections, and democracy issues.”
The scope of the job will include research, analysis and communication strategy overseen by Roy Austin, VP and Deputy GC, CR, and Legal Manager, according to the original post on LinkedIn.
The listing goes on to detail Meta’s Civil Rights Team. It will act to “intersect with company policies and practices” to “address threats to voting rights, elections, and civic participation, primarily in the United States.” This would entail “research and analysis … of voting laws and civic participation, impacts of voter suppression and intimidation, particularly on historically marginalized communities, and current threats to elections and well-functioning democracy …”
Meta lists some examples of job duties, including:
- Summarizing and communicating developments in voting rights and elections, and risks to voters and elections in the US 24 context.
- Prepare memos and analyses as requested and agreed upon.
- Collaborate with the Civil Rights Team to instill civil rights best practices on voting and elections within the company.
- Contribute relevant voting rights and elections analysis, research, and content to documents and other resources.
- Develop and support voting and elections priorities and strategic projects.
- Support engagements with other voting and elections experts.
What is more intriguing is the minimum qualifications. Meta requires a JD for this software development position. That could be due to job listing regulations, but reading its mission statement may provide alternative insight.
At Meta, we have a responsibility to everyone who uses our services to amplify the good and mitigate the harm – to make sure that people are safe on Meta. Technology plays an enormous role in nearly every part of our lives, and it is important that it be used to overcome the historic discrimination which so many underrepresented groups have faced. Meta’s products and services serve communities all around the world. The question is no longer whether technology and social media play a role in elections and the civic ecosystem, but what forms they will take. The Civil Rights Team recognizes the potential to help increase voter participation and civic engagement, and to strengthen the values of equity, dignity, and safety as core to free expression and free and fair self-government. We also understand the elevated risk environment and the need to counter threats to voting and elections, particularly when targeted at systematically marginalized communities.
The move by Meta’s Facebook comes on the heels of another Big Tech announcement. According to The Jerusalem Post, X CTO Elon Musk will be visiting Auschwitz to lead a panel on antisemitism and the Holocaust. It will be hosted by the staunch Zionist Ben Shapiro of The Daily Wire.
The Post stated that this discussion will be to “combat rising antisemitism in light of the war in Gaza.” Unironically, months before, during the #BanTheADL campaign, America First journalists reported on Shapiro being the springboard for Musk to censor anti-Zionists.
Elon Musk, the richest man alive, has likely succumbed to the regime. The X platform will then likely adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism, which includes anti-Zionism. This will render any pro-Palestine talk off-limits.
At this point, finding a social media platform that doesn’t hinder free speech behind a political agenda is almost impossible. The Christian platform, Gab, is the only one to remain.
With Facebook taking an active approach to political chatter, X was seemingly the only platform left. But now, it will most likely resemble the latter in censorship and deboosting.
The lead-up to the 2024 presidential elections appears to be already saturated in the corporate agenda—ill-representative of the populace’s voice. This will likely be how the future of politics manifests as free speech continues to be in decline.