Trump Admin Considered Facebook VP For Cabinet Role

Among the revelations ins Axios dumpof Trump transition team vetting documents: Facebook's global policy head and top Republican Joel Kaplan was considered for a Cabinet position. Kaplan, nicknamed Facebooks Lonely Conservative byTrump Tower in December 2016for an undisclosed meeting. The Senate confirmed Mick Mulvaney as Office of Management and Budget director in February of 2017 following his appointment in December. Kaplan's file was leaked along with files ondenied anti-conservative biasat Facebook and stated conservative groups [are] thriving on the network. A sub-section on Kaplans political soft spots includes questions for Kaplan like, To your knowledge, were there any active efforts by Facebook to censor pro-Trump messages from Facebook users who supported the President-elect? and Do you believe it is appropriate …

It’s not enough to break up Big Tech. We need to imagine a better alternative | Evgeny Morozov

Presenting tech companies as Americas greatest menace may appeal to voters, but it does little to chart an alternative future As Facebook all but pleads guilty to a severe form of data addiction, confessing its digital sins and promising to reinvent itself as a privacy-worshiping denizen of the global village, the foundations of Big Techs cultural hegemony appear to be crumbling. Most surprisingly, its in the United States, Silicon Valleys home territory, where they seem to be the weakest. Even in these times of extreme polarization, Trump, who has habitual outbursts against censorship by social media platforms, eagerly joins left-wing politicians like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders in presenting Big Tech as Americas greatest menace The recent call by Chris …