While claiming to support free speech, the Facebook Oversight Board (FOB) that recently upheld the platform’s ban on former President Donald Trump has multiple links to George Soros and consists mainly of liberals and so-called “Never Trumpers,” the Washington Examiner reported.
With the mission to promote free speech by “making principled, independent decisions regarding content on Facebook,” and with the power to override Facebook’s decision (or more precisely, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision) as stated in its website, Facebook Oversight Board’s ruling would be the ultimate decision. It can be likened to the power type of Supreme Court in the biggest social media platform on earth.
But its structure consisted of about 20 members around the world with a “diverse set of disciplines and backgrounds,” has been facing scrutiny with a board full of liberals and so-called “Trump haters” with multiple links to leftist billionaire Soros, especially with the recent decision to uphold site’s ban on President Donald Trump following the Jan. 6 riot.
Soros is himself a vocal critic of Trump, once calling the former president’s administration “a danger to the world” during a speech at the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Switzerland in 2018.
There are six people amongst the board’s members who are linked to organizations heavily funded by progressive megadonor Soros, former aides to Kamala Harris, and the Obama administration alumni. Besides, many members have themselves harshly criticized the former president, according to Team Tucker Carlson.
“God forbid if Trump becomes the president, this will be my last visit to US #TrumpWantsTheWall #Debate,” wrote Pakistanian Nighat Dad—Founder of Digital Rights Foundation, FOB member—a month before the 2016 election.
— Nighat Dad (@nighatdad) October 20, 2016
“I love this! “Teen Vogue vs. Trump; American Vogue vs. Hitler,” said Nicolas Suzor, another FOB on Twitter, quoting an article from Medium.
I love this! “Teen Vogue vs Trump; American Vogue vs Hitler” by Ellie Rennie https://t.co/iwLJx252r2
— Nicolas Suzor (@nicsuzor) February 9, 2017
Another noteworthy choice on the board is Stanford Professor Pamela Karlan, who appeared at Trump’s impeachment hearings during the first impeachment in December 2019. During the hearing, Karlan took a cheap shot at 13-year-old (at the time), Barron Trump, the Gateway Pundit reported.
“I’ll just give you one example that shows you the difference between him and a king which is, the Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility. So while the President can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan proclaimed during a heated exchange with Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas).
Just when you thought this impeachment hoax couldn’t get anymore ridiculous, the witness invited by Democrats is throwing cheap shots at the 13 year old son of @realDonaldTrump. Gross and shameful! pic.twitter.com/ugVZfVYDR9
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) December 4, 2019
Karlan was also a Hillary Clinton donor on the former Secretary of State’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.
Regarding the left-right leaning bias of this board, About Hungary news site concluded that only one could be considered conservative amongst the four co-chairs on this board. And a bit of research reveals many connections to Soros-funded organizations and mouthpieces.
Among the other co-chairs is Catalina Botero Marino, a board member of the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights, funded by Open Society Foundations. Then there is Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the former socialist Danish prime minister who is vocally anti-Trump. Helle is also the CEO of Save the Children International, an Open Society Foundations-affiliated organization. Helle is also a trustee of the International Crisis Association, which was funded by Soros and for which he and his son Alexander both serve as trustees alongside Helle.
Finally, another FOB member is Jamal Greene, a Columbia University professor. During Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, he worked as an aide to used-to-be-senator-now-Vice-President Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). The latter argued that Kavanaugh was “a direct and fundamental threat” to the Supreme Court’s commitment to carry out justice fairly.
Most importantly, these co-chairs reportedly hand-picked the other Facebook’s Oversight Board members, who tend to vary from left-liberal to far-left-liberal. Alan Rusbridger, a former editor at the well-known Soros mouthpiece The Guardian, has come out in favor of outright censorship. Rusbridger took a comfortable job at Oxford University in 2015, and in 2016 he became chair of the school’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, whose board of directors includes Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, and which is partnered with the European Journalism Observatory, which lists Open Society Foundation as a donor.
Further digging by Real Clear Investigations outlines many other similar cases:
- Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei works for Soros’ Open Society Foundations as a program manager.
- Suzanne Nossel is the CEO of Pen America, which is supported in part by Open Society. Nossel was also a member of a Soros advisory board. She called on the White House to form a task force to “target the crisis of disinformation.”
- Nighat Dad, previously mentioned, is a supporter of Open Society and a volunteer with Pen America.
- Human Rights Watch director Maina Kiai has raised $100 million from Open Society Foundations.
- Ronaldo Lemos was a member of several Open Society-funded committees.
- Andras Sajo, who served on one of Soros’ boards, co-founded Central European University with him.
Facebook Oversight Board and the link to Soros
The establishment of the Facebook Oversight Board itself raises many eyebrows, with its alleged connection to Soros right from the very beginning.
At the start of 2020, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Soros surprised many people when he said Facebook was partnering with Trump to get him re-elected. This was not the first time Soros had taken on Facebook, but it was the first time that Zuckerberg seemed to give in to the billionaire “philanthropist’s” demands.
A few days later, Soros published an op-ed in the New York Times, titled “Mark Zuckerberg Should Not Be in Control of Facebook.”
In the op-ed, following the assertion that Facebook supports Trump “because it’s good for business”—and some conspiracy theory about what really happened during the meeting between the Facebook CEO and the U.S. president—Soros said that Facebook is a publisher, not just a neutral moderator or platform and should be held accountable for the content on the site, voiding the Section 230—the act that protects social media giant like Facebook and Twitter from government regulation into its self-made censorship policy.
Then Soros concluded his opinion piece, repeating and reaffirming his accusation against “Facebook under the leadership of Mr. Zuckerberg and Ms. Sandberg,” accusing them of following the ultimate guiding principle of “maximize profits irrespective of the consequences,” and demanding they “should not be left in control of Facebook.”
Just a little more than three months later, Facebook announced the formation of the Oversight Board to help decide what content would remain and what would be removed and censored on the world’s largest social media site—and it just appears to be stacked with a majority of liberals, including many with direct or indirect links to Soros himself.
Upon the setting up of this “independent” board but with numerous leftists elite, the Free Speech Alliance (FSA)—a coalition of more than 70 conservative organizations—has stepped out a warning: “This new board will damage Facebook more than it can imagine.”
In its decision regarding Trump’s case, the board stated that it agreed with Facebook’s review of Trump’s post:
“’We love you. You’re very special’ was intended as praise of people who were breaking the law by storming the Capitol … Mr. Trump referred to those who stormed the Capitol as ‘great patriots,’ and urged people to ‘[r]emember this day forever.’”
Trump broke Facebook’s rules governing “speech,” “dignity,” and “safety,” the ruling stated, citing the fact that “five people died and many more were injured during the violence.” But a medical examiner noted that Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was the only person killed by a Capitol Police officer during the riot, with two others dying of heart attacks, a fourth of an accidental drug overdose, and the fifth, Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, dying the next day of natural causes.