The former Facebook employee who found herself testifying to Congress, Frances Haugen, and pressing for stronger regulation that could help curtail conservative speech across the platform, is not simply just a former employee telling the public what she discovered while working. She is now working with a group of Democratic operatives, including the public relations company that used to employ White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki until she took her leave to join Old Uncle Joe’s Administration, as part of what seemed to be a very dutifully planned and choreographed political maneuver.
A series of disclosures about White House ethics show that Psaki was a prime senior advisor at Bryson Gillette out until about the start of September of 2020. Bryson Gillette is a well known PR firm that is run by Democratic operatives which include the former Obama aide Bill Burton; Rebecca Pearcey, a former senior advisor to Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA); Mike Trujillo, a former senior aide to Hillary Clinton; and Tess Seger, who worked as communications director for Sen. Cory Book (D-NJ).
As reported by the Free Beacon, Bryson Gillette has started providing Haugen with “strategic communications guidance,” helping orchestrated what one Republican named “an incredibly well-orchestrated communications campaign.”
Bryson Gillette also seems to run the publicity for the Center for Humane Technology, a nonprofit, which has been fighting a policy war with Facebook for quite a while. The ethics disclosures seem to show that the Center was a client personally handled by Psaki while she was with the company. The group goes on to say “We reframe the insidious effects of persuasive technology, expose the runaway systems beneath, and deepen the capacity of global decision-makers and everyday leaders to take wise action.” According to tax disclosures, it collected a revenue of over $5 million in 2020.
In a statement, Haugen told the senators “Facebook’s products harm children, stoke division and weaken our democracy.” This is despite the fact that some of that so-called “division” is just the echoing of the words of Americans who live in a country that is itself divided, and Haugen’s claim that there is a need for stronger regulation seem to be a plea for the creating of a public platform that is filled with content that is only representative of one side.
As reported by the Post-Millennial, as a member of the “civic integrity team,” Haugen seems to have been part of the team that was responsible for the suppressing of the New York POst’s election-eve breaking story about Hunter Biden. That story was effectively suppressed when Facebook showed concerns about its veracity, even though it had no evidence whatsoever that the story was not true. The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, later went on to apologize for his role in the impression of the story.