It was just this week that data scientist Frances Haugen was revealed as the Facebook whistleblower who said , as the AP reported, that whenever there was a conflict between the public good and what benefited the company, the social media giant would choose its own interests.
Frances Haugen was identified in a “60 Minutes” interview Sunday as the woman who anonymously filed complaints with federal law enforcement that the company’s own research shows how it magnifies hate and misinformation.
Haugen, who worked at Google and Pinterest before joining Facebook in 2019, said she had asked to work in an area of the company that fights misinformation, since she lost a friend to online conspiracy theories.
These events coincided a little too snugly with a massive six-hour outage that occurred yesterday that effected not only Facebook, but Instagram, WhasApp, and OculusVR, attributed to a configuration change to its routers — not of a hack or attempt to get at user data.
Conspiracy thinking always has at its heart the risk of, lets say, over digestion of a potentially wrong-headed idea, and radicalization to a concept. The line between intrepid journalism that has skepticism, doubt and the presumption of guilt as its great engine and the tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist of the kind that we’re all used to condescending to and sniggering at is razor-thin. To this author, it seems that when the conspiracy theory makes more sense than the official story, much like the Warren Commission versus the magic bullet theory, in the case of the Kennedy assassination, is a good marker for what side one might find oneself on at the end of it.
Additionally, as was reported by TrendingPolitics.com,
The National Pulse learned of Haugen’s radical activist record and published the news on Monday that she had donated 36 times to Democratic candidates and causes:
The National Pulse has thus far identified 36 donations from Haugen during her time as an employee of Facebook, Pinterest, and Gigster. All of the donations, which total nearly $2,000 since December 2016, have gone to Democrats including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.On January 13th, 2020, Haugen sent money to Ocasio-Cortez’s congressional campaign and a further contribution to her “Courage to Change” Political Action Committee (PAC).
Most curious of all is her backing of an activist group called “It Starts Today” that seeks to purge the Republican Party of actual conservatives
There is, of course, far more extremism on the political left in the U.S. Congress than on the political right. But as of June 2021, the group founded by ActBlue’s Jonathan Zucker decided that the way to beat Republicans was not to win the battle of ideas, but rather to stop real conservatives winning primaries.Haugen donated twice to “It Starts Today,” and curiously claims that it “holds donations” for Democratic primary nominees until the end of the selection process.
Follow The Raging Patriot for more on this story as it develops.