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Leaked Facebook research obtained by NBC News reveals how the company's algorithms would flood ordinary conservatives' pages with extremist content and make it easier for them to get indoctrinated by QAnon.
According to NBC, researchers at the company created a dummy Facebook profile of a conservative mother who liked both Fox News and conservative broadcaster Sinclair.
What they found was that the account's page within days was stuffed full of recommendations for QAnon pages that warned her Democrats were not merely people she disagreed with, but a vast Satanic pedophile ring.
"The body of research consistently found Facebook pushed some users into 'rabbit holes,' increasingly narrow echo-chambers where violent conspiracy theories thrived," writes NBC. "People radicalized through these rabbit holes make up a small slice of total users, but at Facebook's scale, that can mean millions of individuals."
What makes this experiment particularly interesting is that Facebook pushed these pages to users even though they explicitly violated the company's policies against published hate speech and disinformation, suggesting that the platform's algorithms were designed to push user engagement over everything else.
""These documents effectively confirm what outside researchers were saying for years prior, which was often dismissed by Facebook," Renée DiResta, technical research manager at the Stanford Internet Observatory, tells NBC News. "Facebook literally helped facilitate a cult."
The Department of Justice's decision to add two high-level prosecutors to its investigation of Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz is a sign that the case is "growing," and that he should "worried," according to one former federal prosecutor.
The Washington-based prosecutors recently joined a team of authorities in Florida who've been looking into whether Gaetz violated federal law by providing goods or payments to a 17-year-old girl in exchange for sex, the New York Times reported Thursday.
Maya Wiley, a former civil prosecutor in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, told MSNBC on Friday that, "There's no question that adding these prosecutors means the case is growing."
"What we've heard is that the prosecutors they're adding are seasoned prosecutors on public corruption and sex crimes, so that also suggests the direction in which the case is expanding, and that's really one that Matt Gaetz has to worry about, because they're related to the things he's apparently being investigated for, that he himself has publicly said he's being investigated for," she said
"I don't think there's any question he has something to be concerned about. We should be very clear, though, we don't know the direction of the investigation," Wiley added.
But she quickly noted that when Gaetz's alleged "wingman," Joel Greenberg, agreed to cooperate with the investigation, Greenberg's attorney said, "Matt Gaetz will not be happy."
"The case is growing, so they're growing the team. It's that simple," Wiley said. "You don't go to the Finals if you're in the NBA without your best players, and that's what's happening here, and that signals that this case is growing. And given the nature of the case, remember, this is a sex trafficking allegation, and it includes public officials, so that's why I'm not surprised to see expertise in public integrity, public corruption, as well as sex crimes."
According to the NYT's report, the new prosecutors specifically have expertise in "dealing with children who have been exploited but may not see themselves as having been victimized, which can complicate trials if they are called as witnesses."
Maya Wiley on Matt Gaetz probe (MSNBC) www.youtube.com
'The man whispering in Trump's ear': CNN's Borger explains why Jeffrey Clark's Capitol riot testimony is crucial
On Friday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," political analyst Gloria Borger weighed in on former Trump DOJ official Jeffrey Clark testifying to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack.
"Clark is set to be, as I pointed out, the first Trump administration official to comply with a subpoena, with a subpoena for an interview with the select committee," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "Could this change, potentially, the trajectory of this investigation?"
"I think... that he is a very important witness, no matter how they get his information, quite honestly," said Borger. "The Senate Judiciary Committee, which issued a 400-page report, said that he tried to interrupt the peaceful transfer of power, that he was the man whispering in Donald Trump's ear, yes, we can figure out a way to get this election overturned."
She then detailed some of the actions Clark took during his efforts to keep Trump in the White House.
"He is the person communicating with folks in Georgia, saying that they need to, you know, recount votes," she said. "You know, he was a person inside the Justice Department telling other attorneys, okay, you know, we need to announce publicly that we are investigating fraud because we believe there is a real possibility that there was widespread fraud. As you know, [former Attorney General William] Barr said there wasn't, and the people sitting with him and the president in a meeting in January ... said, we're not going to do this, and if you guys decide to go ahead with your plan, we're leaving. So he is central."
Gloria Borger on Jeffrey Clark's testimony to Congress www.youtube.com
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