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