Hired by Cognizant as a content moderator for Facebook, Ryan Hartwig began by keeping gruesome images of cartel violence in Mexico off the platform. This seemed like a righteous mission and yet, as time went by, it became clear the Facebook bosses saw an even bigger threat, Americans of a different political viewpoint.
Ryan watched in horror as Facebook made a monumental shift after the 2016 elections, hiring thousands of US-based content moderators with one mission, to favor leftist viewpoints while suppressing the speech of conservatives. Ryan describes more than forty examples of such behavior, and it will radically rewrite your understanding of the past four years as you learn how the news regarding prominent individuals like Greta Thunberg, Alyssa Milano, and Don Lemon was censored to remove legitimate criticism of them.
Viral videos of Trump supporters being attacked were removed from the platform, and moderators were told to look for signs of hate speech in Trumps' State of the Union addresses, while at the same time allowing vicious attacks against police, pro-lifers, and straight white males.
As America's de-facto town square, Facebook was systematically suppressing free speech, which has traditionally been our country's greatest weapon to combat extremism from either side. Ryan knew he had to take action, and contacted Project Veritas, eventually filming many of these actions with a hidden camera for the world to see. We need to stand up against tech tyranny and corporations that attempt to control our conversations, our news, and our political narratives. Reading Behind the Mask of Facebook: A Whistleblower’s Shocking Story of Big Tech Bias and Censorship is the first step to learning how to confront and defeat this tyranny.
“Few of us know the enormous challenges social media platforms face in policing their platforms to protect us from truly heinous violent or sexual content. We all benefit from Facebook's laudable efforts in this arena. But, as Ryan Hartwig reveals, there’s a dark side to Facebook’s attempts to thwart the dark side. In his nearly two years as a Facebook moderator, he documented how Facebook has crossed the line from monitoring for decency into ideological and political censorship, manipulation, and election interference—not only in the US, but around the world. Ryan's courageous exposé of the anti-democratic tactics and hidden agenda of this tech behemoth should deeply trouble all those who care about maintaining open, transparent, and free societies.”
“Ryan’s compelling story details how Big Tech casually decree themselves to be more powerful than the Constitution of the United States. This book will remind you that silence betokens consent and those that acquiesce are complicit.”
Award-winning South African journalist
“Freedom of speech and freedom of conscience are both under threat because of authoritarianism ushered in by fascist corporations. You need to read this book immediately to understand how."