It is clear that Americans today are being given two completely different sets of information.
Those who cared to pay attention over the past several months have seen the vast influence that Big Tech and Silicon Valley companies have had in the American political landscape. Though frustrating for users, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that social media companies across the board have been cracking down on conservative voices.
Many users on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, among others, have found their accounts being censored or even deleted. Americans have coined the term “shadowbanning” in which a user’s content becomes much more difficult to find on social media.
It became undeniably apparent when Twitter and Facebook purged their platforms of the New York Post’s story on the Biden Laptop. The media’s coverage of that story appears to have directly affected the outcome of this election.
Throughout the campaign season, Big Tech donations to democratic campaigns outweigh those to republican campaigns by 10-fold or more, according to the Federal Election Commission.
WIRED found that employees at Alphabet, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, and Oracle have contributed nearly 20 times as much money to Biden as to Trump since the beginning of 2019. According to data released by the Federal Election Commission, which requires individuals who contribute $200 or more to a presidential campaign to report their employer, employees at these six companies have contributed $4,787,752 to Biden and just $239,527 to Trump.
Employees at Alphabet are Biden’s biggest financial backers in Silicon Valley, having donated just shy of $1.8 million, more than one-third of the money raised from employees of the six companies. An analysis by Open Secrets, a campaign finance watchdog, found that contributions from Alphabet’s employees and political action committee to the Biden campaign collectively exceed those from any other company. In fact, according to Open Secrets, Alphabet, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple account for five of the seven largest donors to the Biden campaign on that basis.
Employees at the sixth company in WIRED’s analysis, Oracle, have been less one-sided in their contributions. Roughly 20 percent of the contributions by Oracle employees have gone to Trump, compared with less than 10 percent at each of the other companies. The next-highest share going to Trump is at Microsoft, where nearly 8 percent of the money contributed to the presidential campaigns has gone to Trump. Of the six companies, Microsoft employees contributed the most total money to the Trump campaign—$75,428.
For anyone still wondering if Silicon Valley has a vested interest in this year’s election, this should bring clarification.
Now, as Former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris are making moves to assume power before litigations have been finalized, Joe Biden has begun naming cabinet and transition team members – a concerning number of which are former Big Tech Executives and lobbyists.
Groups like the Revolving Door Project have urged the Biden team to avoid bringing on people with corporate conflicts of interest, including from the tech industry. Their fear stems from the days of the Obama administration, where tech alums seamlessly rotated through the White House. Progressive groups have made clear they believe that sort of makeup should not be repeated.
Biden’s administration will be tasked with handling several high-profile tech policy matters, including the Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit against Google, a potential Federal Trade Commission lawsuit against Facebook, questions about content moderation, gig worker rights and net neutrality. Watchdog groups have worried that having former tech employees staff the administration could weaken efforts to regulate the industry.
Nicole Wong, another member of the teams set to review the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Security Council, worked for Google and Twitter before serving as deputy chief technology officer under Obama.
Austin Lin — one of the few paid employees on the agency review teams — most recently worked at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a charity founded by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan. Lin’s LinkedIn profile says he worked as a technical program manager for CZI from April 2018 to July 2020. He previously worked in the same role at Facebook for a year.
More from Politico:
Two of the full-time staff hires also have ties to the tech industry, which could draw criticism from the left. Cynthia Hogan, a longtime aide to Biden who helped in his vice presidential search, is a former lobbyist for Apple. Jessica Hertz, who worked at the Obama Justice Department, was most recently a director and associate general counsel at Facebook.
Besides that, The Biden Campaign has volunteers as well as employees from AirBnB, Lyft, Uber, Amazon. Microsoft, Dell and several others.
Most people are able to see the obvious implications of public-private relationships like this.
The assumption is that since Big Tech and Wall Street invested so much money in making sure that their candidate won, these companies are now being rewarded with positions in the federal government and Biden Administration.
If you think the mainstream media and social media companies are showing their biases now, it may get a whole lot worse in a very short time.
Let us know what you think about these corporate ties to the Biden Campaign!