Reason | Nov 26, 2020 | 0
Biden’s Transition Team Is Stacked With Former Facebook And Zuckerberg Insiders
At least seven former higher-ups of Facebook or the charity run by its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, have secured positions in President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team, despite Democratic party officials labeling the social media giant among the biggest threats to American democracy.
Biden announced Friday that former Facebook Director of Public Policy Louisa Terrell would direct his White House Office of Legislative Affairs, which will put her in charge of advancing Biden’s agenda in Congress. Terrell, who lobbied for Facebook from 2011 through 2013, currently oversees legislative affairs for the Biden transition team.
Terrell’s appointment to the influential Biden administration post comes shortly after Biden campaign spokesman Bill Russo said in a now-deleted tweet that Facebook was “shredding the fabric of our democracy” for allowing disinformation to propagate on the social media network following the election.
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Democratic National Committee Chief Mobilization Officer Patrick Stevenson also tweeted following the election that Facebook and the Republican Party are “the two biggest institutional threats to our democracy.”
Biden told The New York Times editorial board in January that Zuckerberg is “a real problem.”
“I’ve never been a big fan of Facebook, as you probably know,” Biden said. “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan.”
The Biden transition team told Politico on Monday that it supports the criticisms the campaign levied against Facebook.
Politico previously reported that at least two former Facebook board members serve positions in Biden’s transition team.
Biden transition co-chair Jeff Zients served on the Facebook board of directors from 2018 to early 2020, and Erskine Bowles,
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