"There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called," Mark Zuckerberg.
Adding to the preemptive confusion that is being systematically built around the coming election, Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook feels obligated to do his part in preserving not only the sanctity of the voting process, but civil order itself.
Leaning heavily into the bunk idea that the $46k the Russian troll farm spent on ads in 2016 (or 0.05% of Trump and Clinton's combined $81 million) was enough to sway the vote for Trump, he has decided to get some skin in the game by donating a whooping $300 million to protecting the election.
$250 million will go to the popular non-profit Center for Tech and Civic Life, while $50 million is going to the Center for Election Innovation & Research, who will divvy it up between different Secretaries of State across the country.
Establishment excuses for the Clinton loss is one thing (Russia, Russia, Russia!).
Problem, reaction, solution is another that I think is getting closer to the mark (Russia is spreading disinfo, people demand something is done, Facebook censors anything deemed as Russian disinfo) .
Legal bribery is of course a possibility considering the antitrust lawsuits against Facebook. ('Look at how much money I have donated that somehow made it's way to you're bank accounts').
It could be something else entirely or even a mix of the above and more. In any event, that is quit a sum of money to be personally doling out.
Speaking more precisely about the election.
Zuckerberg said that since the outcome may not be known on election night, Facebook and the media need to start "preparing the American people that there's nothing illegitimate about this election," even if it takes "additional days or even weeks to make sure that all of the votes are counted."
To be clear, Zuckerberg is spending $300 million on protecting the election processes while also stating that the media and himself must 'prepare the American people' for a legitimate election.
That is an odd thing to have to prepare people for, unless in reality there is an illegitimate election coming that the tech overlords need to propagandize people into accepting.
Another counter intuitive measure Facebook is taking to preserve the integrity of the electoral process, the social media giant will be paying people to deactivate their accounts before the election.
They are looking for between 200,000 to 400,000 users (ostriches) to opt in to this experiment (bury their heads in sand).
In a blog post announcement Facebook stated
To continue to amplify all that is good for democracy on social media, and mitigate against that which is not, we need more objective, dispassionate, empirically grounded research. We need to better understand whether social media makes us more polarized as a society, or if it largely reflects the divisions that already exist; if it helps people to become better informed about politics, or less; or if it affects people’s attitudes towards government and democracy, including whether and how they vote.
The subjective adjective 'good' attached to democracy is likely effective in easing the minds of the average Facebook user (or at least between 200k to 400k of them) but for the rest of us, there are plenty of questions being raised that go unanswered.
For example, what constitues being more or less informed on politics? Toeing the bogus partisan mainstream media and establishment lines? And what will the results of this experiment be used for? More accurately directing people into those bogus partisan mainstream media and establishment lines?
Or could it be to maybe prevent people in select areas from seeing and sharing the incoming viral videos of mass chaos in the streets of major cities? It's anyone's guess.
But speaking to the impending civil unrest and looming censorship, according to Zero Hedge
On Tuesday, the social media giant's head of global communications, former deputy PM Nick Clegg, told the Financial Times that the company is developing contingency plans should the US election lead to an outbreak of chaos and uncertainty. Though he didn't go into too much detail, the implication is clear: Facebook is planning to significantly curtail speech on its platform, echoing the Internet blackouts utilized by authoritarian regimes including Iran, Venezuela and elsewhere.
These measures he calls the 'break the glass' options and say's they probably won't happen.
"There are some break-glass options available to us if there really is an extremely chaotic and, worse still, violent set of circumstances,” Mr Clegg said, though he stopped short of elaborating further on what measures were on the table.
There are 70 of these 'break the glass' scenarios. What ones to implement and when is left up to a team of executives that includes Mark Zuckerberg, the COO Sheryl Sandberg, as well as military experts.
Clegg goes on to say
"We've slightly reorganized things such that we have a fairly tight arrangement by which decisions are taken at different levels [depending on] the gravity of the controversy attached,” Mr Clegg said. The executive also said that "the amount of resources we are throwing at this is very considerable”. Facebook will have a virtual war room - dubbed its "Election Operations Center" - for monitoring for suspicious activity and updating its “voter information hub”, which will showcase verified results to users, he said.
So an Election Operations Center is set up ready to go with 70 nuclear options at their disposal.
And one last quote from Zuckerburg made along side the announcement of banning political ads one week before the election
"I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country," he said in the statement, adding that "our democracy is strong enough to withstand this challenge and deliver a free and fair election."
This is all just some normal, $300 million preparation from a non-elected Technocrat who needs to prepare the American population for a legitimate election.
This is the second in a series I will be doing on the coming election fiasco. From politicians to news anchors, and intelligence agency's to mega corporations, everyone is doing their best to set their narratives and brace the US population for what will be a seismic shift and a forever changed United States.