Former White House national security aide Sebastian Gorka on Wednesday, May 27, wondered whether Twitter is working for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) after a new report revealed that a CCP-linked AI expert serves on its board of directors.
No comment @jack?
— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@SebGorka) May 27, 2020
Dr. Fei-Fei Li, a professor in the Computer Science Department at Stanford University and former Google vice president linked with CCP projects was appointed to the board at Twitter as an “independent adviser” on May 11.
According to The National Pulse, Li has worked on projects tied to the CCP such as the United Work Front Department (UWFD) and the mobile technology and communications developer Future Forum.
The National Pulse reported:
The UFWD works to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition to the policies and authority of its ruling Chinese Communist Party,” with its primary focus being “the management of potential opposition groups inside China, but it also has an important foreign influence mission,” according to a report by the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission…
Additionally, the Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert, who helped develop Google’s AI lab in China, is tied to the mobile technology and communications developer Future Forum, a Beijing-based agency backed by both the Beijing government and the China Association for Science and Technology, which describes itself as being “a bridge that links the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government to the country’s science and technology community.”
The outlet also revealed that Li resigned from her position as vice president of Google after a leaked email showed her commendation of a massive Google contract with the Pentagon.
The news comes after Twitter labeled President Donald Trump’s tweets with fact checks when he sounded the alarm on potential voter fraud in the upcoming election. Twitter pointed to “fact checkers” CNN, and The Washington Post, that said there is “no evidence” that expanded, nationwide mail-in voting would increase fraud risks.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday defended the tech giant’s head of site integrity Yoel Roth.
“Fact check: there is someone ultimately accountable for our actions as a company, and that’s me,” Dorsey wrote. “Please leave our employees out of this. We’ll continue to point out incorrect or disputed information about elections globally. And we will admit to and own any mistakes we make.”
“This does not make us an ‘arbiter of truth.’ Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions,” he added.
This does not make us an “arbiter of truth.” Our intention is to connect the dots of conflicting statements and show the information in dispute so people can judge for themselves. More transparency from us is critical so folks can clearly see the why behind our actions.
— jack (@jack) May 28, 2020
Dorsey’s tweets were immediately met with backlash from Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) slamming him for “allowing the Chinese Communist Party to abuse this site with misinformation & propaganda spread across the globe.”
Thanks for the clarification @jack
This makes YOU accountable for allowing the Chinese Communist Party to abuse this site with misinformation & propaganda spread across the globe – all while the CCP bans and suppresses their own people from using Twitter! https://t.co/YtxtRIkc8K
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 28, 2020
President Trump accused Twitter of interfering in the 2020 election and stifling free speech, vowing not to “let that happen.” A White House press secretary told reporters on Wednesday evening that the president was planning to sign an executive order tomorrow “pertaining to social media.”