After using its platform to suppress and silence critics who threatened to impose greater regulation and accountability, Facebook openly acknowledged that it exploited the Wild West-like rules governing the internet to boost its own leftist agenda—and business interests—during the 2020 election.
In leaked video obtained by the conservative watchdog Project Veritas, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top company officials were caught admitting to their extreme bias and double standards, sheepishly blaming the lack of regulation for allowing them to get away with their anti-democratic practices.
Among the shocking claims Zuckerberg makes was to accuse then-President Donald Trump of undermining America, even as Zuckerberg, himself, downplayed the rash of race riots—some ongoing—in blue cities throughout the country.
“It’s so important that our political leaders lead by example, make sure we put the nation first here, and what we’ve seen is that the president [Trump] has been doing the opposite of that…,” Zuckerberg claimed in the leaked internal footage from Jan. 7, the day after a mostly pro-Trump uprising at the US Capitol.
“The president intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power,” Zuckerberg continued. “His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters in the Capitol I think has rightly bothered and disturbed people in the US and around the world,” he said.
However, Zuckerberg sang a different tune as it related to the violence and crime associated with domestic terror groups like Antifa and Black Lives Matter.
Echoing phony talking points that those on the Left have repeatedly used, he claimed the riots—which left dozens dead in cities like Portland, Seattle, Atlanta, Chicago, St. Louis, New York and even smaller towns like Kenosha, Wisc.—were mostly “peaceful” protests.
“I know this is just a very difficult moment for a lot of us here, and especially our black colleagues,” Zuckerberg said.
“It was troubling to see how people in this mob were treated compared to the stark contrast we saw during protests earlier this [past] year,” Zuckerberg claimed.
During the Capitol melee, police shot and killed one protester, Ashli Babbitt, for attempting to enter the inner sanctum of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.
Democrats, including then-president-in-waiting Joe Biden, immediately sought to score cheap political points to promote their agenda in the aftermath of the Capitol protest.
They deflected from the true cause mostly peaceful demonstration—opposing election fraud and other abuses of power on the Left—by claiming, without evidence, that there was a racial component was involved.
However, the conspiracy theory espoused by Zuckerberg—that Trump’s mostly white supporters received favorable treatment—both ignored the role white anarchists played in leftist riots and paternalistically diminished the minority participation in the pro-Trump rally.
In a subsequent video, recorded on Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration, Zuckerberg and company offered a very different take on Biden’s having been sworn-in under a military presence of some 25,000 national guardsmen.
“I thought President Biden’s inaugural address was very good,” Zuckerberg said.
“In his first day, President Biden already issued a number of Executive Orders on areas that we as a company care quite deeply about and have for some time,” Zuckerberg said, highlighting some of the areas in which he used presidential fiat to push through the most extreme agenda of any president in history with little to no public discussion.
“Areas like immigration, preserving DACA, ending restrictions on travel from Muslim-majority countries, as well as other Executive Orders on climate and advancing racial justice and equity,” Zuckerberg said. “I think these were all important and positive steps.”
During the two weeks in between the uprising and the inauguration, Facebook had been actively purging conservative accounts, including that of Trump, whom the company permanently banned.
Their actions drew the condemnation of a handful other world leaders, fearful that silencing a public figure’s speech just because Facebook, according to its own warped discretion, deemed it disagreeable or controversial would set a stunningly dangerous precedent.
But the company tried to spin its role in the corruption, claiming it was not to blame for being put in the position of self-regulation.
“There has been quite a lot of disquiet expressed by many leaders around the world, from the President of Mexico to Alexei Navalny in Russia, and Chancellor Angela Merkel and others saying, ‘well this shows that private companies have got too much power…’ we agree with that,” said Nick Clegg, Facebook’s Head of Global Affairs.
“Ideally, we wouldn’t be making these decisions on our own, we would be making these decisions in line with our own conformity, with democratically agreed rules and principles,” Clegg claimed. “At the moment, those democratically agreed rules don’t exist. We still have to make decisions in real-time.”
Facebook’s actions also extended to the election itself. In what may have been direct violation of state ballot-harvesting laws, Zuckerberg established a special fund to target blue-leaning urban areas, where it paid the salaries and hazard-pay bonuses of Democrat poll workers, as well as putting up ballot collection boxes that had little supervision or monitoring.
In places like Atlanta and Philadelphia—two of the three states Trump needed to secure his Electoral College victory, those suspect ballots may have made a considerable difference in the final count.
The company also began to aggressively censor information that was damaging to Democrats.
Most notoriously, Facebook refused to allow posts about Hunter Biden‘s abandoned laptop, on which was discovered a trove of corroborating evidence that linked him and other family members to corrupt foreign business deals, as well as personal scandals involving drug abuse and an array of improper sexual conduct.