Facebook has hired a very influential Democratic aide outside of a Senate committee that aims to rule Big Tech, as the company aims to push back threats from Congress and the Biden administration.
The company confirmed to FOX Business that John Branscome, chief of staff and former chief counsel for the Senate Commerce Technology subcommittee, will join its federal policy team.
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A Democrat told Politico, who reported the news, that the hiring “was a stroke of genius from Facebook,” adding, “You’d be hard pressed to get anyone more respected than John Branscome to this position.”
Dan Gainor, vice president of the Media Research Center, told FOX Business it was “not surprising” that Facebook hired a senior Democratic official. “Although Facebook employs people on both sides of the aisle, it is still a store dedicated to helping and supporting the left,” Gainor said. “Facebook provided significant help to Democrats in the 2020 election by suppressing the Hunter Biden scandal. It makes perfect sense for the company to add more Democratic agents as the 2022 election approaches.”
“It’s terrifying,” said Adam Guillette, president of Accuracy in Media. “We are moving from ‘rule by law’ to ‘rule by society’.”
“Biden and the DNC can’t ban speaking, but they can ask their Facebook allies to do it for them,” Guillette told FOX Business. “And let’s remember that the marriage of big government and big business is the literal definition of economic fascism.”
The move comes as lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have pledged to impose tougher regulations on social media giants like Facebook and Twitter, with Republicans arguing that big tech is actively censoring conservatives while Democrats say businesses should be forced to do more to remove “misinformation” from their sites. With Democrats currently controlling both houses of Congress as well as the presidency, the hiring of Branscome could help fend off threats not only from Democratic lawmakers, but also regulatory agencies in the Biden administration.
The Federal Trade Commission is currently suing Facebook and seeking to dismantle the company, claiming that the company has violated antitrust laws and alleging that it has an oversized share of the social media market between its mainnet and the ownership of Instagram and of WhatsApp.
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According to the agency’s latest complaint filed this week, “Facebook’s behavior eliminated emerging rivals and extinguished the possibility that the independent existence of these rivals could allow other internet platforms to overcome barriers to entry. which protect Facebook’s monopoly position “.