Tech billionaires stand behind Biden to assist in the 2020 elections as Trump goes to war with Twitter
Democratic tech billionaires are using their arsenal of cash to increase Joe Biden’s chances of winning the November election as he is still struggling to adapt to a completely distant campaign model, a report from Thursday revealed.
Notably, four billionaires in Silicon Valley are pioneering efforts to help the Democratic Party gather more data by creating start-ups and tech tools specifically designed to match Republicans in that field, according to nearly two dozen interviews by Vox’s digital newsgroup Rearrange.
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz, philanthropist and Steve Jobs’ widower Laurene Powell Jobs and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt are all behind this effort to help defeat Donald Trump.
As these tech billionaires line up to support Biden, the supposed Democratic candidate, President Donald Trump has heightened his criticism of social media platforms.
The president claimed this week that Twitter – his favorite online platform for direct communication with Americans – “suppresses free speech,” “completely silences conservative voices,” and “interferes with the 2020 presidential election.”
He claimed that Twitter had marked two of his tweets about mail-in-votes with blue exclamation marks, giving users “the facts about mail-in-ballots.”
Silicon Valley Millionaires Support Alleged Democratic Candidate Joe Biden In His Attempt To Get Donald Trump Out Of The White House In November By Helping Create Startups, Tools And Organizations That Will Support The Left Digital Campaign Efforts
LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman (top left), Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz (bottom right), philanthropist and Steve Jobs’ widower Laurene Powell Jobs (top right) and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt (bottom left) are all behind this effort to help defeat Donald Trump
These billionaires’ efforts are because Donald Trump launched the attack on Twitter – and is preparing to sign an executive order that would make social media sites susceptible to government investigations into allegations of bias and more litigation
Trump is also preparing to sign an executive order that will expose social media sites to government inquiries into allegations of bias and more litigation.
“This is going to be a big day for social media and FAIRNESS!” Trump praised in a tweet on Thursday morning.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, said in an interview with Fox News, which airs later on Thursday, that he would not have acted the same way as his Twitter counterpart, Jack Dorsey, when flagging the president’s tweets.
Zuckerberg suggested Dorsey acted as an “arbitrator of truth” and said Facebook wouldn’t do the same.
Hoffman’s top political advisor, Dmitri Mehlhorn, circulated a 12-page private memo at the end of last month, which Recode obtained, describing how he found the best way to win the election in six months, by being the best “ Trump’s brand machine. ”
Mehlhorn also said Democrats should build a network of “trusted media channels with peer-to-peer elements” and release “journalistic-flavored content” specifically for the party, but the new improved content network on the left, he said. should equal the scope and efficiency as Republicans currently have it.
“If the truth is tribal, traditional media and advertising cannot reach voters,” Mehlhorn said in the memo. “But people still listen to their friends and members of their community.”
One of the ways Hoffman wants to boost democratic electoral efforts is to support a startup called Alloy, which is building a warehouse to store data that progressive groups collect about voters and which in turn uses data to send left-wing voters to the polls. to get.
LinkedIn founder has invested approximately $ 18 million in Alloy – his biggest investment yet this election cycle.
Hoffman’s team and other donors see Alloy’s acquisition of voter cell phone numbers as key, as the corona virus has increased the need for enhanced digital campaigns.
“We are already putting the data in the hands of Democrats and progressives on the front lines of this critical election cycle,” said Luis Miranda, spokesman for the alloy. “We are proud of our work and we have only just started.”
Facebook co-founder, Moskovitz and Powell Jobs, are also giving millions to some of the country’s most ambitious voter registration programs.
Trump attacked Twitter for “suppressing freedom of speech” and attempting to intervene in the 2020 elections after the site flagged two of his tweets about mail-in-voting with blue exclamation points, prompting users to ” find out the facts about mail-in ballots’
Users who clicked the blue exclamation points will be redirected to a page explaining why the claim was unsupported, including a claim that Trump’s claim is “ false ” and that there is “ no evidence ” that email voting linked to voter fraud
Powell Jobs also financially supports Acronym, a controversial and well-funded nonprofit that seeks to create digital infrastructure for the progressive movement – and has put approximately $ 10 million into the group so far.
Acronym is betting on creating more partisan media, such as what worked for Republicans in 2016.
The nonprofit’s goal is to raise $ 25 million to set up seven local news sites in swing states that favor moderate democratic candidates while still trying to appear as an objective news source.
This is called an ‘upworthy model’, and democratic agents see it as an effective way of mobilizing their grassroots voters.