Facebook censorship board is comprised mostly of foreign nationals with ties to George Soros

The recently appointed Facebook oversight board tasked with deciding which posts get blocked from the world’s most popular social networking website is stacked with leftists and foreign nationals who will be functionally regulating the speech rights of American citizens in the United States.

The Board includes close friends of leftwing billionaire George Soros who generously funds the Open Society Foundations (OSF), a network of left-leaning groups across the world that ostensibly function as non-profit organizations. Soros dedicates huge sums to spread an agenda ideologically driven by the objective of global market integration, which threatens the sovereignty of nations.

More than half of the members of the censorship board have ties to Soros.

Soros is known for targeting conservative politicians.

András Sajó is a personal friend of Soros and is the founding Dean of Legal Studies at Soros’ Central European University. Sajó was a judge at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for nearly a decade. He also served on the board of directors of Open Societies Foundation’s Justice Initiative.

András Sajó was one of the ECHR judges in an Italian case (Latusi v. Italy) that ruled unanimously that the display of a crucifix in public schools in Italy violates the European Convention on Human Rights. The decision was subsequently overturned.

Sajó’s deep ties to Soros are also concerning. Through his OSF, Soros funds projects aimed at spreading a leftist agenda by, among other things, destabilizing legitimate governments, erasing national borders, erroding national identities, financing civil unrest, and orchestrating refugee crises for political gain.  

Incredibly, there is a financial and staffing nexus between the U.S. government and Soros’ OSF. (Read about it in a Judicial Watch special report documenting how Soros advances his leftist agenda at U.S. taxpayer expense).

At least ten other members of the censorship board are connected to leftist groups tied to Soros — groups that have directly benefitted from his funding commitments and donations.

For instance, Alan Rusbridger, a former British newspaper editor and principal at Oxford University, serves on the board of directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists, which received $750,000 from Soros’ Open Societies Foundation SF in 2018.

Alan Rusbridger served on the Board of the Ditchley Foundation, a global think tank that co-hosted a conference with Soros’ Open Societies Foundation focused on change in the Middle East and North Africa with workshops on understanding political Islam.
Afia Asantewaa Sariyev, a human rights attorney, is the program manager at Soros’ Open Society Initiative for West Africa. Her research includes critical race feminism and socio-economic rights of the poor.

Sudhir Krishnaswamy, an Indian lawyer and civil society activist, runs a progressive nonprofit called Centre for Law and Policy Research that focuses on transgender rights, gender equality and public health. The group is a grantee of a justice foundation that received $1.4 million from OSF between 2016 and 2018.

Sudhir Krishnaswamy’s law clinic also received money from a radical pro-abortion group, Center for Reproductive Rights, which is also closely aligned with George Soros and is generously funded by the Open Societies Foundation.
Julie Owono is the executive director of a Paris-based nonprofit, Internet Sans Frontieres, that advocates for privacy and freedom of expression online. In 2018, Internet Sans Frontieres became a member of the Global Network Initiative, an internet oversight and policy consortium handsomely funded by Soros.
Nighat Dad is a Pakistani attorney and the founder of the Digital Rights Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Pakistan that has received $114,000 in grants from Open Societies Foundation. Dad’s group also gets funding from Facebook Ireland.
Ronaldo Lemos, a Brazilian law professor, served on the board of directors of the Mozilla Foundation, which collected $350,000 from Open Societies Foundation in 2016 and was also a board member at another group, Access Now, that received thousands of dollars from Soros.
Tawakkol Karman, a journalist and civil rights activist, sits on the advisory board of Transparency International, which gets significant funding from Soros’ Open Societies Foundation.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s former prime minister, sits on the board of the European Council of Foreign Relations, which took in more $3.6 million from Open Societies Foundation in 2016 and 2017. She is also a trustee at the International Crisis Group which has collected over $8.2 million from Open Societies Foundation and includes George and Alexander Soros on its board.

Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Denmark’s former prime minister.

The former Danish prime minister is also a member of the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board, which received approximately $325,000 from Open Societies Foundation in the last few years. She is also on the European Advisory Board of the Center for Global Development, which received more than half a million dollars from OSF in 2018.

Catalina Botero-Marino is the dean of a Colombian law school called Universidad de Los Andes that obtained more than $1.3 million from Open Societies Foundation between 2016 and 2018. Botero-Marino also sits on the panel of experts at Columbia University’s Global Freedom Expression Project, which gets funding from Open Societies Foundation. She was also a board member at Article 19, a group that received $1.7 million between 2016 and 2018.
Maina Kiai is the director of the Global Alliances and Partnerships at Human Rights Watch, which accepted $275,000 from Open Societies Foundation in 2018. He is also a member of OSF’s Human Rights Initiative advisory board and was the founding executive director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, which got $615,000 from Soros in the last two years.

Others on the Facebook censorship board have slandered President Donald Trump in social media posts and have donated money to high-profile Democrats.

Taiwanese communications professor Katherine Chen’s Twitter account includes retweets of numerous anti-Trump and pro-Obama posts and articles.
Columbia University law professor Jamal Greene — a former law clerk to Justice John Paul Stevens — has made campaign contributions to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and Elizabeth Warren.
Pro-Trump impeachment Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan, who took a cheap shot at President Trump’s teenage son during the Brett Kavanaugh impeachment hearings, has also contributed money to Obama, Clinton and Warren.
Nicolas Suzor, a law professor in Australia, retweeted a column implicitly comparing Trump to Hitler

The new board has only a few token conservatives such as Stanford law professor Michael McConnell, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. The overwhelming majority of those making Facebook’s “final and binding decisions on whether specific content should be allowed or removed,” are markedly leftist.

They represent a new model of content moderation that will uphold “freedom of expression within the framework of international norms of human rights.”

Facebook’s economic, political or reputational interests will not interfere in the process, the company writes in its introduction to the new board. Eventually the board, which will begin hearing cases this year, will double in size.

“The cases we choose to hear may be contentious, and we will not please everyone with our decisions,” Facebook warns.

Alexander Soros, George’s son and heir, with Democrat nominee for Vice President Kamala Harris.

2 Comments

  1. I would expect none of these profligates have any belief in anything other than their love of the damned dollar and have no idea that things do not always go as some people plan. These are all enemies of justice and freedom and I expect are all workers of iniquity who God hates.

  2. George Soros is the new Adolph Hitler or Joseph Stalin! Where does his money come from. Not from legal sources, you can bet on that!

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