Mark Zuckerberg has been quietly advising Pete Buttigieg on who to hire — and some of those recommendations are now part of the Democrat’s campaign staff.https://t.co/VgrhzYz1Ye
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) October 21, 2019
This is not fair to Buttigieg; Zuckerberg is most comfortable treating politics as another form of boutique consumerism, and his social circles overlapped with Buttigieg’s back in college. From CBS:
… “This shouldn’t be taken as an endorsement. We have several mutual friends in college who introduced me” several years ago to the future presidential candidate, Zuckerberg said…
Zuckerberg also had been asked by CBS News whether he made similar overtures to other presidential campaigns, but he did not answer that question.
News of Zuckerberg’s outreach to Buttigieg was first reported Monday by Bloomberg News, which reported that Zuckerberg, 35, and Buttigieg, 37, attended Harvard University at the same time and had mutual friends. While at Harvard, Zuckerberg developed the now omnipresent social media platform, originally just for Harvard students. Buttigieg was one of Facebook’s first 300 users…
A campaign spokesperson said the recommendations were unsolicited and that the campaign received 7,000 resumes over the course of a month from Buttigieg’s CNN town hall in March to the campaign’s April launch…
It has been widely reported that Zuckerberg regards Elizabeth Warren as a serious threat to his control of Facebook’s monopoly. It is also obvious that Biden’s frontrunner status has made him a primary target of Russian bot activity on social media, including Facebook — no point duplicating efforts, right? The Sanders campaign doesn’t seem to have drawn much attention from Zuckerberg, for whatever reason (my best guess would be unsympathetic). Under the circumstances, it’s hardly surprising that Zuckerberg is casting around for a more sympathetic Democratic frontrunner-in-waiting… and it’s hardly Buttigieg’s fault that Jeff likes his potential.
This is correct.
"Facebook isn’t free speech, it’s algorithmic amplification optimized for outrage"https://t.co/LW42hxZPR4
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) October 21, 2019
Facebook is under pressure to stop a repeat of the 2016 presidential election in the U.S., when Russian trolls spread disinformation on the platform. https://t.co/23OXOs9RxV
— NPR (@NPR) October 21, 2019