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Facebook staffed with multiple fmr. CIA employees: Report

Meta is the parent company of Facebook and Instagram. (Anna Gałaszkiewicz/Dreamstime/TNS)
January 20, 2023

Facebook parent company Meta has numerous former CIA employees and staff members from other federal agencies, according to a recent report.

Jim Hanson, president of information warfare analysis and consulting firm WorldStrat, stated last month that Facebook employs at least nine ex-CIA workers and six other former agency employees.

“The ones who are ideologically aligned with the woke left saw the danger of Trump and they wanted to affect that and the way they could be most influential was taking over our shared information space,” Hanson told the New York Post. “And they moved to the socials. And they were successful.”

“The ability of Americans to get information that doesn’t go through a leftist lens doesn’t exist,” he added. “You cannot ask a question online that doesn’t come back to you with a leftist’s filtered answer.”

A key example is Aaron Berman, Meta’s top policy manager for misinformation. He previously worked as a CIA senior analytics manager for 15 years.

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Fellow Meta co-worker Scott Stern, who serves as a senior manager for trust and safety risk intelligence, worked for the FBI for over seven years, according to his personal LinkedIn page. Stern joined Facebook in 2020 to help develop the social media platform’s algorithms to combat misinformation.

Deborah Berman, Meta’s trust and safety manager, also worked at the CIA for a decade before joining the Big Tech giant, according to the Daily Mail.

Still another example is found in the case of Hagan Barnett, Meta’s head of harmful content operations. His LinkedIn profile shows that he worked as a self-employed contractor for the CIA from 2006 to 2008, according to the report.

Other reports have noted similar concerns with former federal agency employees working at Twitter and Google. The recent Twitter Files, for example, noted multiple close connections between the platform and FBI officials in suppressing the Hunter Biden laptop story ahead of the 2020 presidential election as Russian misinformation.

A report by Mint Press’ Alan MacLeod also found dozens of former CIA who have been employed by Google.

MintPress has ascertained that the Silicon Valley giant has recently hired dozens of professionals from the Central Intelligence Agency in recent years,” MacLeod wrote. “Moreover, an inordinate number of these recruits work in highly politically sensitive fields, wielding considerable control over how its products work and what the world sees on its screens and in its search results.”