Big Tech Wars: How Big Tech and Russian Intel Interfered in 2016 Election on Opposing Sides

This article explores the politicization and weaponization of big tech companies in the 2016 election and beyond the borders of the U.S. impacting national security.

Double Conspiracy and Treason

The Mueller report finding President Trump innocent of collusion with the Russian Federation’s interference in the 2016 election provides a clear picture of the Russian influence operation but how has the cat and mouse game changed since. Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign season was able to successfully use social media platforms to engage Trump supporters including Facebook and Twitter even while these social media companies in cooperation with Google were suppressing content and communications to secure Hillary Clinton’s presidency. Such influence operations by the left and DNC may have contributed to the Russian decision to interfere in the 2016 election. You know it’s bad when DC corruption proves too great even for the Russians. Essentially, the democrats failed twice. First on the influence operation to win the election and second, to blame the Russian conspiracy on their opponent, President Trump. Let’s reconstruct what happened, as the stakes have only gotten more dangerous for the 2020 election.

The Gatekeepers

Washington Examiner previously released a detailed account of how the information space was being controlled by Google, Yahoo, and social media companies in the run up to the 2016 election. We know from the recent release of the Mueller Report how Russia countered this. Both psyops, the liberal’s and the Russian’s, illegally influenced the 2016 election. Former employees of Facebook acting as news “curators” reported having routinely suppressed news about conservatives in May 2016 and only permitting news on Facebook’s platform that showed competing liberal narratives on the same topic. Any news from Breitbart or Newsmax for example was countered with the alternate liberal narrative push of CNN, BBC, New York Times, and more. Other whistleblowers have come forward with similar work experiences at other big tech companies. The damage to the 2016 election was considered “incalculable” given the power social media giants have over network television bias that could only influence the vote by a 4-6 point advantage. For this reason, they have been termed the “gatekeepers” by Frank Foer writer at The Atlantic. In the case of the Mueller report however, the real gatekeepers turned out to be a foreign power, Russia. Russia who was also fighting ISIS in Syria and there remains many unanswered questions about the relationship between the Obama administration and ISIS.

Facebook and Twitter went on to hire the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) to make the social media platforms sharia-compliant. A CAIR official recently in 2019 posted this using one such platform.

Jinan Shbat, the national outreach manager for CAIR tweeted, “You should burn in hell along with Israel” in response to the Emirati cycling team during a training event in Israel. CAIR is affiliated with Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, and the United Arab Emirates designated CAIR as a terrorist entity in 2014. The organization boasts having groomed 200 Muslims to run for office in the 2020 US election.

 

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have long been used as recruiting platforms for ISIS, al-Qaeda, and other terrorist organizations sporting radical Islamic propaganda and using private messaging tools to recruit, radicalize, and administrate active cells between western countries and conflicts in the Middle East, and attacks globally in some cases over a period of years with no interruption from social media companies. Though these companies have publicly declared to be making their platforms safer and more secure, the role of CAIR demonstrates the exact opposite.

 

Facebook employees do not appear immune from the influence operations themselves. Facebook’s Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg wrote, “I want HRC to win badly” in an email to Clinton’s campaign chairman John Podesta included in the leaked documents by WikiLeaks. It appears one of the Podesta brothers was offered immunity in the Russian investigation that found democrats and top levels of the FBI responsible for the fake dossier generated in the effort to impeach President Trump. Sandberg who contributed financially to Clinton’s campaign also wrote about working to elect “the first woman president” from an official executive Facebook position.

Power Without Wisdom

Google employees were also wooed into the progressive movement to interfere in the political process. A study conducted by the Campaign for Accountability revealed that “250 people shuttled from government service to Google or vice versa during the Obama administration” forming “deep links” between Google and the Obama administration. 31 Google executives were integrated into White House positions including federal advisory boards and 22 for White House officials were integrated into Google. This directly influenced the employee experience. A former Google employee recalls his experience at the company where he was directly exposed to political doctrine carefully crafted with appealing recreational enticements on the company’s dime:

 

“I get such a kick out of thinking about the incredible stuff I got to do

while at Google (watch Barack Obama/Al Gore/Hillary Clinton/Colin

Powell/Malcolm Gladwell/Jimmy Carter speak, go to a trapeze class,

hear John Legend play in Charlie’s cafe, go to a chocolate trufflemaking

class, ski on Google’s dime year after year in Tahoe, to name

just a few),”

 

Google also provided the Clinton campaign with tangible assets such as the use of company jets and financial contributions. Yet, its employees do not boast of high paying salaries, but rather their ability to impact society. A common slogan championing the employee experience goes, “People don’t work at Google for the money. They work at Google because they want to change the world!” Indeed, Google employees have changed the world. A recent joint military operation of Iran’s regime used Google’s facial recognition technology with Chinese support to capture CIA assets inside Iran. The mission was [Read More]