Last week the decision of Facebook to censor news articles in opposition to Black Lives Matter leader Patrisse Cullors interrogated after it revealed that the co-founder of Facebook, Dustin Moskovitz, gave over five million dollars into a network of nonprofits run by Cullors, according to the Washington Free Beacon report.
Furthermore, the tech giant blocked its users from posting links to the news story in the New York Post how Cullors, who calls herself a Marxist, spent around $3.2 million on high-end real estate as her Black Lives Matter (BLM) Global Network Foundation received millions in donations, saying the reporting violated its personal and private information policy.
According to the New York Post, News Media Alliance, a media nonprofit which represents almost two thousand Americans news organization, criticized tech giant fir its completely random decision to block the news story about Cullors, with David Chavern, the CEO of News Media Alliance (NMA) saying in a statement that “there is no power balance between Big Tech and media,” adding that Facebook revealed only one side gets to make all the rules.
Additionally, the statement highlighted that while the First Amendment bans the government from regulating free speech, major tech giants undoubtedly regulate the news business, as the latest move from Facebook to block a New York Post story was a clear use of that power.
Details of Donations
A study by the Washington Free Beacon disclosed that the Open Philanthropy Project and Open Philanthropy fund, grant-making vehicles of Moskovitz, donated almost %5.6 million to groups founded by Cullors during 2017 and 2020. Furthermore, the sum included contributions of $2.8 million to Dignity & Power Now and over $2.3 million to Reform L.A. Jails, which chaired and founded by Cullors.
Whereas the Justice Teams Network, whose co-founder is Cullors, received around $500000. The Open Philanthropy Project didn’t return a Free Beacon request for remarks. Reform L.A. Jails pay Cullors around $20000 monthly in 2019. In addition, the National Legal and Policy Center, a supervisory body, also criticized the decision of Facebook, said that once again it proves freedom of speech is an option, not a feature across the platform of the social media giant, where their corporate interests placed over the interests of their users at every turn.
Moreover, the Post reported that Cullors purchased a $1.4 million home near Malibu, Georgia, and two other properties of California, having worth of overall $3.2 million since 2016. The head of an unaffiliated group, Hawk Newsome, called Black Lives Matter Greater New York, told the Post that these revelations were really sad because it makes people uncertain about the validity of the moment and oversees the fact that it is the people that have the ability to carry this movement. Neither Cullors nor Facebook responded to the request for comment from Free Beacon.