Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon reportedly conspired to infiltrate social media giant Facebook last year — just prior to starting his work on Donald Trump’s campaign.
BuzzFeed News reported the current Breitbart executive chairman worked with a staffer from the Family Research Council — a socially conservative non-profit — on a plan to flood a Facebook job-posting Breitbart-friendly applicants.
Emails showed FRC’s Chris Gacek told Bannon: “There is one for a DC-based ‘Public Policy Manager’ at Facebook’s What’s APP [sic] division.”
“This seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo [Yiannopoulos] INTEL about the job application process over at FB.”
Bannon then added Milo Yiannopoulos to the email chain — Breitbart’s former tech editor. However, it seems that their plot was foiled as a former Obama Administration official was hired to the position they were hoping to infiltrate.
While the online outlet could not confirm if Bannon ever attempted to follow-through with this conspiracy, the reporter who broke the story stated this effort reveals the conservative movement’s complicated relationship with social media platforms.
“[Bannon’s plot] shows the lengths to which the brawling new American right is willing to go to keep tabs on and gain leverage over the Silicon Valley giants they used to help elect Trump — but whose executives they also see as part of the globalist enemy,” reported BuzzFeed’s Joseph Bernstein.
This report comes as Facebook is now facing criticism regarding their hand in the election — as it was recently revealed that Russian propagandists bought advertisements on the site in 2016, presumably to influence the outcome of the presidential race.
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