The disclosure came as part of a high-profile defamation lawsuit that the company is waging against Fox News, claiming that the right-leaning media outlet knowingly pushed false information that damaged its reputation in the aftermath of the 2020 election.
But the defense argued that the reports about Dominion might not be false at all, according to the company’s own internal communications.
Specifically, Eric Coomer, Dominion’s then-director of product strategy and security, noted in a 2018 email that the company’s machines were at risk of producing unreliable results.
In his words, they are marred by a “*critical* bug leading to INCORRECT results.”
“It does not get much worse than that,” he added.
The following year, Coomer, who claims that he lost his job because of Fox News, lamented that Dominion products do not work well when it comes to doing the things they are meant to do.
“Our products suck,” he said, adding that “‘[a]lmost all’ of Dominion’s technological failings were ‘due to our complete f— up in installation.”
Making matters worse, Dominion as a company does not “address our weaknesses effectively, he complained. “… Our s**t is just riddled with bugs.”
In the wake of the 2020 election, Dominion was allegedly aware of the possibility of fraud that their malfunctioning machines would create.
Mark Beckstrand, a Dominion sales manager, also noted that when other parties get ahold of Dominion equipment for testing, they have often found that the machines malfunction.
After a Dominion machine was hacked in Michigan, “these security failures were ‘reported about in the news,'” Beckstrand acknowledged.
“A security expert told the media that Dominion ‘software should be designed to detect and prevent th[e] kind of glitch’ experienced in Antrim County, Michigan,” Beckstrand noted, adding that Coomer later claimed that the security expert was ‘not entirely wrong.'”
Despite their own awareness of the issues, Dominion aggressively waged lawsuits against a litany of conservative media and other critics as a way to silence them and deflect from scrutiny of its own culpability.