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NH Attorney General Arrests Double-Voter Exposed By Project Veritas

Fri, 04/19/2019 - 21:52

Robert Bell, a New Hampshire man who was caught on camera in a Project Veritas undercover investigation admitting to voting twice, has been arrested. New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald announced that Bell is charged with a class B Felony  “for knowingly checking in at the checklist in Atkinson and casting a New Hampshire ballot, after having already cast a ballot in the same election in Florida.”

Veritas WINS Defamation Case – Videos Accurate and NOT Deceptively Edited

Wed, 04/17/2019 - 14:29

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The Federal Courts have once again vindicated Project Veritas and our methods. Today, a Federal Judge in Florida ruled totally in our favor in a case brought by a man named Steve Wentz.

In June of 2016, Project Veritas released a video where Steve Wentz, President of the Wichita Teachers Union made outrageous comments about how he treats students who give him trouble.

Here is one of Wentz’ statements in the video:

Wentz:  You want to kick my ass?  You really think I’m a motherf**ker?  Son, go for it.  I’ll give you the first shot.  But be sure to finish what you start because if you don’t, I guarantee you, I will kick your f**king ass.

In June of 2017, Wentz filed a 66-page lawsuit in a U.S. District Court in Florida.  He said we recorded him illegally and that we defamed him. He told the Wichita Eagle at the time, quote, “It’s a lie and it is something that needs to be addressed,” unquote.  Well, today the Judge in Florida addressed it, throwing Wentz’s case in the garbage.

The order from Judge G. Kendall Sharp was unequivocal.

“Wentz is unable to sufficiently identify a false statement published by defendants that plausibly supports his defamation claims.”

“…the edits do not improperly and illegally alter the meaning of Wentz’s words…”

“Notably, many of the alleged defamatory statements made by Project Veritas and O’Keefe, both in the Wentz Video and the written content, are recitations of Wentz’s own admitted actions and statements.”

“…Defendants did not commit defamatory acts against Wentz and did not illegally record conversations…

The videos were ruled real.

There was no reasonable expectation of privacy.

The videos were not edited out of context.

 

“Thus, the Court will grant summary judgement in favor of Project Veritas and O’Keefe.”

As hard as it was to spend the roughly $350,000 defending ourselves in this case, it was worth every penny.  We could have settled this case out of court.  But that is not what we do.  We fight, we fight for the 1st Amendment and the truth.  Principles matter.  I can assure you right now; we will never surrender our principles. And we will never settle.

DEBANKING: Chase Bank Says “moral character” a Reason Why They Don’t Do Business with “those types of people”

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 13:23

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 Man’s Chase Payment Processing Shut Down, Suspects Political Targeting of Provocative Conservative Merchandising
 Chase Bank Unable to Produce Reason for Account Termination
 Chase Corporate Global Media Relations: “Chase is not involved with any like, you know, alt-right people”
 Other Conservative Voices and Chase Bank Customers Also ‘Debanked’ Recently

UPDATE: Chase Bank Communications Officer Patricia Wexler responded to this report, saying: “We do not close accounts due to political affiliation. Despite what was described in the video, that was NOT someone from Global Corporate Media Relations. As I’m sure you can appreciate, I’m not able to share any personal details on anyone’s individual or business account.” 

(Washington DC) Project Veritas has released a video report (the full 10 minute version can be found below) about a man whose Chase bank account was shut down without being given a reason. The report, which includes testimony from Enrique Tarrio, the man whose Chase account was terminated, features undercover video of conversations with bank professionals discussing the account’s closure.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe,

Are there unwritten Chase policies that Mr. Tarrio and others were in breach of? ‘Debanking’ appears to be a new frontier in American politics.”

Insiders can contact Project Veritas here.

Before the account’s termination, Tarrio, whose website sells provocative conservative merchandise, spoke to Chase bank professionals. Tarrio says that phone operators for Chase were unable to explain why his business account was being terminated.

Conversations in various Chase bank offices were recorded and provided to Project Veritas.

Multiple Chase account and bank managers were unable to assist Tarrio, saying that inquiries regarding the closure of his business account would have to be directed to the “executive office.”

Said one of the Chase bankers, Marcel Smith:

“I see nothing that indicates any reason why the account should be closed, I don’t see any outstanding transactions or anything ridiculous.”

Chase bank typically gives its customers a reason for account closures, says Smith:

“I’ve never seen them not give a response to someone whose account they had closed.”

An analyst from the Chase executive office, Nora, told Tarrio that his account was being closed for various clerical issues. In a phone conversation with Nora, which was published by Project Veritas, Tarrio clarifies there were no clerical issues.

“The Right Relationship is Everything”

Undercover audio from a conversation with a Chase employee working in Chase Corporate Global Media Relations reveal that Chase bank makes political judgments about their customers.

JOURNALIST: I don’t want to do business with anyone who does business with Steve Bannon, or any of these alt right people, and that’s just one of my prerequisites.

CHASE: Right, right. As far as I’m concerned, we’re not connected with Steve Bannon.

JOURNALIST: Do you have standards in place that would preempt such relationship with anyone, um of Steve Bannon’s –

CHASE: Oh definitely. Definitely, definitely.

JOURNALIST: That’s what I’m calling to inquire about. Tell me more.

CHASE: Right so I mean, Chase is not involved with any like, you know, alt right people or anything. I really can’t name names but it’s basically like we don’t get involved with any of that…

JOURNALIST: … I don’t expect for you guys, I’m not talking about who you guys give money to –

CHASE: No, just any business relationships, period.

JOURNALIST: Really? Okay… So I mean on my end I’m talking about people like Trump supporters for instance. The MAGA, whatever – make, whatever the hell they, those types of people, I mean individuals –

CHASE: Right, right. I know what you mean, but like I said the call is being recorded, monitored, so I can’t get too political. And say I don’t support these people, or this, but you know, any kind of business entity, people like that, no moral character or anything like that, the bank usually doesn’t get involved with that.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe believes that transparency could clear up issues like Mr. Tarrio’s. In order to investigate more issues, Project Veritas receives tips from insiders in technology, government, education, and other professional fields here.

Full 10-Minute Video:

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Producer: Christian Hartsock

New Hampshire AG Attacks Free Press

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 11:26

UPDATE: Sources tell Project Veritas that an individual in the Attorney General’s office took action on the subpoena without the instruction of the Attorney General.

(Concord) New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald responded swiftly to Project Veritas’ latest investigation which revealed a voter admitting to voting twice in federal elections – a violation of state and federal laws.

This subpoena was handed to James O’Keefe.

Unfortunately Attorney General MacDonald’s response was not to investigate the crimes committed or their troubled election integrity, but rather to subpoena the free press that is working to promote a more ethical and transparent society.

The Attorney General’s office should pursue voter fraud, not harass the people who legally report voter fraud.

In the past, Veritas investigations in New Hampshire led to voter identification laws and civil penalties paid to the FEC. We believe that investigations that promote the integrity of our elections are necessary to protect our government and our way of life.

Attorney General MacDonald’s cavaliere attitude toward the security of elections creates a welcome environment for voter fraud. This is why Project Veritas exists.

Project Veritas will not cooperate with investigations that seek to criminalize investigative reporting. In fact, such attempts by attorneys general to block first amendment rights for newsgathering and publishing news motivate Veritas to expose more waste, fraud, and abuse in the Granite State.

Now more than ever is the time for insiders in government, at the local, state, and federal level to be brave and do something. Such individuals can contact Project Veritas here: www.projectveritas.com/brave

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New Hampshire Voter Admits Voter Fraud? Cast Second Ballot Out-of-State

Wed, 04/10/2019 - 09:02

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 “He should not be voting here anymore, in Florida”
 New Hampshire Resident May Have Illegally Cast Early Ballot in Florida
 NH Law: Voting in More Than One State is a Class B Felony
 FL Law: Residency Required to Vote

Faces of Voter Fraud #3

UPDATE 1: The New Hampshire Attorney General’s office handed Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe a subpoena after being shown this video report. 

UPDATE 2: Assistant Attorney General Nicholas Chong Yen responded to the video: “We will determine whether or not to commence an investigation and go from there.”

UPDATE 3: Project Veritas has released a response to the New Hampshire AG’s Grand Jury subpoena.

UPDATE 4: Sources tell Project Veritas that an individual in the Attorney General’s office took action on the subpoena without the instruction of the Attorney General. 

(Concord) Project Veritas has released undercover footage (full video below) of a New Hampshire resident admitting to voting twice in the 2018 general election. Robert Bell, an Atkinson, New Hampshire resident, cast an early voting ballot in Florida and voted in person at the polls in New Hampshire. This is the third video in a series Project Veritas has released exposing the faces of voter fraud.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe,

“Voter fraud is real. The integrity of the American electoral system is being undermined. Election insiders, poll workers, and even voters can help Project Veritas expose double voting, ballot harvesting, and voting by illegal aliens.

Insiders can contact Project Veritas here.

Officials from election offices in both New Hampshire and Florida confirm that Robert Bell voted in the 2018 elections. Bell says he voted for candidates for federal offices in both states.

Bell states that while he is a New Hampshire resident and voted in New Hampshire, he voted in Florida as well when he was visiting the state for a funeral:

JOURNALIST: … I’m also seeing that you voted absentee in Florida in the 2018 election…

BELL: Yeah I was down there for a funeral and so I voted in early voting.

JOURNALIST: So, you early voted in Florida in 2018 and you voted in person in the polls here in New Hampshire?

BELL: Uh, I guess I did.

Bell also states he hasn’t owned a Florida property “for a couple years” and that he is “still on the voter list” as a registered voter. Bell says that he is “definitely” a resident of New Hampshire but still has a Florida driver’s license.

Sharon Bell, Robert Bell’s ex-wife who lives at the address Robert Bell used to vote in Florida says that Mr. Bell hasn’t lived in that Florida home for three years and that “he should not be voting here anymore, in Florida.”

In New Hampshire, voting in more than one state is prohibited as a class B felony. Florida law imposes residency requirements to vote. Federal law punishes double-voting.

Faces Of Voter Fraud

This is the third video in a series of voter fraud investigations conducted by Project Veritas. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says that elections insiders and poll-workers can help expose double voting, ballot harvesting, or voting by illegal aliens by visiting www.projectveritas.com/brave.

See the first video in this series.

See the second video in this series.

 

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IMPACT: Public Interest Legal Foundation Alerts Authorities to Veritas Voter Fraud Videos

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 16:03

On April 1, 2019 the Public Interest Legal Foundation sent complaint letters to officials in Florida and New York following the release of double-voting voter fraud stories published by Project Veritas (video 1, video 2.)

Project Veritas will continue to monitor developments resulting from the release of its voter fraud video series, which will continue in the coming weeks and months.

NOTICE: Project Veritas to Recruit Insiders in News Organizations

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 14:03
 Project Veritas Seeks Media Insiders to Help Uncover Bias, Dishonesty, Hypocrisy, Political and Financial Agendas in News Media
 Many Insiders Have Already Contacted Veritas, Sent Docs, Video and Audio
 Prove that Russia Hysteria is “greatest failure of American journalism in a generation”
 Project Veritas Launches American Pravda II
Story leads, documents, audio and video files, and other useful information can be sent here.

(New York City) Media insiders (reporters, camera operators, producers, and executives) can help Project Veritas legally expose bias and dishonesty in newsrooms by contacting Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe and his investigative team on their website.

O’Keefe believes that “for introspection and reform to occur in media organizations, the corrupt actors among them must be brought forward to account: undercover journalism with help from insiders is the most effective way to make this happen.”

Project Veritas has hired insiders from various companies that have previously reached out to us with information.  Project Veritas has also published leaked audio from panel interviews conducted by network anchors exposing deceptive editing.

Added O’Keefe:

“We’re going to find you and we’re going to film you. We’re going to expose your secret motives and malice. The media is now an organ of disinformation and has itself to thank for our new initiative. There will be a reckoning. You are on notice.”

Project Veritas intends to launch a follow-up to its popular American Pravda investigative series which sought to expose bias, dishonesty, and hidden agendas by news media companies.

The American Pravda 2 initiative follows the recent findings from Attorney General Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. With two years of false reporting, conspiracy-peddling, and fear-mongering about “Russia Collusion” finally coming to a close, O’Keefe has made the following statement:

“The Russia hysteria is the greatest failure of American journalism in a generation. If you work in the media and have experienced the mistakes and decisions that led to this failure, Project Veritas wants you to come forward and talk with us.”

In 2019, Project Veritas launched a campaign to recruit insiders from media companies, Silicon Valley, government, and other areas in order to promote a more ethical and transparent society. With the initial response to the campaign, Project Veritas has already begun conducting new ground-breaking undercover investigations.

Some media insiders from major news organizations have already reached out to Project Veritas and have pledged to help Project Veritas’ investigations.

TIP OF THE ICEBERG: Florida Voters Upset People in NY Voting in Their Name

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 13:15

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 FL Resident Shocked: “I care!” “if somebody voted under my name in New York”
 “If I don’t have residency, how can I vote? I’m not a New York state resident.”
 Mysterious Person Knocks on Old NY Address…
 Another FL Voter: “… I haven’t voted in New York for 13 years… it was voter fraud apparently”
 A THIRD Floridian: “I haven’t been there [in NY] in many years.”
 Investigation Verified in Three Independent Ways (Data, Election Official Interviews, and Voters’ Own Words)

Faces Of Voter Fraud #2: The Victims

(Tallahassee) Project Veritas has released undercover footage which shows Florida residents and voters expressing shock when told that voter data shows they also voted in the state of New York. All three Floridians moved from the state of New York several years ago. Project Veritas believes these individuals are the victims, not culprits, of voter fraud.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“There are things that can greatly reduce voter fraud, like voter ID requirements, standardize residency laws across the country, and interstate cross checking of voter rolls.”

‘He hasn’t been here for years”

Kevin Michael Robinson, who has “lived in Florida for the past five years,” says in the undercover footage that he changed his drivers’ license and voter registration as soon as he moved to Florida from New York.

JOURNALIST: And you’re no longer registered in New York?

ROBINSON: I turned in my license and everything at the DMV… They took my ID, my New York State license and everything at the DMV.

Robinson’s parents, Charlene and Larry corroborated that their son no longer lives in New York:

CHARLENE ROBINSON: He does not live here anymore. He lives in Florida

Larry Robinson also states that there is no other Kevin Robinson registered to their New York address, where their son used to live:

LARRY ROBINSON: No, he’s one and only. Trust me, okay?

Justin Rooney, an official from the Erie County Board of Elections confirmed that Robinson voted in person in New York in 2018 and 2013.

Robinson, who is now in his 30s, assumes that somebody is voting in his name in New York, and that he hasn’t voted in New York in years:

 ROBINSON: Yeah, someone’s voting with my name in New York… I haven’t voted in New York, I mean let’s face it, I was what, 25, 26 when I moved out here…

When told again that voter data shows him voting in 2018 in both Florida and New York, Robinson exclaims concern:

ROBINSON: I care. I care… I mean, of course I have concerns if it’s showing that I’m voting in New York, [be]cause I know I don’t vote in New York.

Robinson reveals that every year since he has moved away from New York, somebody knocks on the door of his old address to find out if he still lives there. Project Veritas believes Robinson could be the victim of voter fraud.

“It was voter fraud apparently”

Michael Bornhorst, another Florida voter and apparent victim of voter fraud, was also told about his active voter history in the state of New York.

BORNHORST: It wouldn’t surprise me if I’m still registered to vote in New York, but I haven’t voted in New York for 13 years.

Bornhorst agrees that he is a permanent Florida resident and does not split time between his home and another state.

The individual who lives in Bornhorst’s old New York address confirms that Bornhorst moved to Florida years ago. When Bornhorst hears that his name and old address appear active on recent voting records, Bornhorst says, “it wasn’t me. It was voter fraud apparently.”

Toni Rayner, an official from the Columbia County Board of Elections in New York states that Bornhorst voted in person during the 2018 and 2004 general elections.

RAYNER: He voted in the general election 2004, and then he voted in the general election 2018…  They both would have been at the polls because he doesn’t have an absentee on file ever.

Project Veritas plans to release more undercover video reports exposing voter fraud. Elections insiders and poll workers can be brave and contact Project Veritas here.

“We’ve been residents in Florida, that’s our old address.”

A third Florida voter, Dwight Mumper, was also told that voting records show he cast a ballot in both Florida and New York during the 2018 elections.

JOURNALIST: We have that you voted in the 2018 general election in Florida, early voting. Is that correct?

MUMPER: Mhm…

JOURNALIST: … We also happened to find this little anomaly that shows that you also voted in um, it says you voted in New York. At [REDACTED ADDRESS,] New Paltz?

MUMPER: Well, we’ve been residents in Florida, that’s our old address.

Mumper says that he hasn’t lived in New York since “probably 2007,” and reiterates that he did not vote in New York in 2018. Mumper says that he is registered to vote in Florida, but voter data still shows that Mumper voted in-person in the 2018 general election in New York.

Like Robinson and Bornhorst, Project Veritas believes Mumper may be a victim of voter fraud.

Faces Behind Voter Fraud

This is the second video in a series of voter fraud investigations conducted by Project Veritas. Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe says that elections insiders and poll-workers can help expose double voting, ballot harvesting, or voting by illegal aliens by visiting www.projectveritas.com/brave.

See the first video in this series.

Wall of Shame: Phillip Bump of Washington Post Prints Correction on Veritas Facebook Investigation

Fri, 03/22/2019 - 16:24

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The Washington Post’s Philip Bump has joined his colleagues on the Project Veritas Wall of Shame after having printed a correction about our Facebook investigation.

NY Republican Votes Twice in 2018 Elections, Casts Mail Ballot in Florida

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 12:19

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 Undercover Video: NY Resident Peter Gornicki Admits to Voting for Congressional Candidates in NY and FL
 “Yes I did” Vote for Higgins (D-NY 26) and FL Senator Scott (R) in 2018
 “I was at the senior center and they wanted to know if I’m registered… They said do you want to register and vote in Florida?”
 Board of Elections Officials in NY and FL Confirm Gornicki Voted in 2018 General Elections, “by mail” in Florida
Double-Voting in a Congressional Election is a Felony that is punishable by Fines and Prison Time
 “I vote for whatever affects my property… I’ll vote for the Congressman out there, the Senator if any.”

Faces Of Voter Fraud #1: The Double-Voter

(Tallahassee) Project Veritas has released undercover footage which shows how a New York resident voted twice in the 2018 general elections in two different states. The undercover report includes an admission of double-voting from the New York man, as well as confirmed of voter registrations and electoral histories from Board of Election offices in New York and Florida. Voter data from both the New York and Florida Departments of State also confirm the man’s voter history. Federal law and various states prohibit double-voting.

Said Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe:

“When the topic of voter fraud comes up, people often say it doesn’t exist, or that it’s not even possible. For the first time ever, Project Veritas brings you the proof. We go to their front doors.” 

In the undercover video, Peter Gornicki, a Republican voter, acknowledges that he voted in the federal election in both Florida and New York:

JOURNALIST: So you voted for Higgins for U.S. Congress in New York and Scott for Senate and Bilirakis in Florida in 2018, is that correct?

GORNICKI: Yes, I did.

Project Veritas spoke with an official from a Florida Board of Elections office to confirm Gornicki’s double-voting. In Florida, Gornicki voted by mail-in ballot:

JOURNALIST: When was the last time [Gornicki] voted?

PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: 2018

JOURNALIST: General? Primary? …

PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: He did vote general and primary.

JOURNALIST: … And he did it, like in person, absentee?

PINELLAS COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: By mail.

Gornicki voted in New York as well, according to an official from a New York Board of Election office:

JOURNALIST: Did [Gornicki] vote in the, he voted in 2018?

ERIE COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS: … He did.

Project Veritas found matching records for Peter Gornicki in the 2018 New York and Florida voter files (redacted file pictured below.)

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According to federal law, citizens cannot vote twice in federal elections:

52 USC 10307 (e)

(1) Whoever votes more than once in an election referred to in paragraph (2) shall be fined not more than $10,000 or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

(2) The prohibition of this subsection applies with respect to any general, special, or primary election held solely or in part for the purpose of selecting or electing any candidate for the office of President, Vice President, presidential elector, Member of the United States Senate, Member of the United States House of Representatives…

News media outlets have long reported there is “no evidence” of widespread voter fraud.

Project Veritas plans to release more undercover video reports exposing voter fraud. Elections insiders and poll workers can be brave and contact Project Veritas here.

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Facebook Insider Leaks Docs; Explains “Deboosting,” “Troll Report,” & Political Targeting in Video Interview

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:24
Insider, Formerly Responsible for Content Review in Facebook’s Intellectual Property Dept Speaks Out, Loses Job
Facebook Engineers Plan to “demote bad content”
Conservative Facebook Page Livestreams Secretly “deboosted,” No Notice to Page Owners
Facebook Can Classify Users as Trolls Based on Their Vocabulary, Then Punish By Limiting Bandwidth, Blocking Comments…
Facebook Engineer: “‘hateful’ content is coming from right-leaning sites.”
“Special features” Triggered “leading up to important elections”
Bizarre View of “hate speech” Includes Content from Conservative Commentator

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View the documents here.

(Update: In the video, we said Steven Crowder’s “livestream was dethrottled,” when in fact his entire page was “dethrottled.”)

(UPDATE 2: FACEBOOK RESPONDS “We fired this person a year ago for breaking multiple employment policies and using her contractor role at Facebook to perform a stunt for Project Veritas,” a spokesperson told The Verge. “Unsurprisingly, the claims she is making validate her agenda and ignore the processes we have in place to ensure Facebook remains a platform to give people a voice, regardless of their political ideology.”)

(Update 3: Project Veritas has included captions on original images in this article to avoid reader confusion.)

(San Francisco) Project Veritas has obtained and published documents and presentation materials from a former Facebook insider. This information describes how Facebook engineers plan and go about policing political speech. Screenshots from a Facebook workstation show the specific technical actions taken against political figures, as well as “[e]xisting strategies” taken to combat political speech.

(Other brave individuals who feel compelled to expose wrongdoing they witness can contact Project Veritas here.)

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe said that to expose dishonesty and censorship in big tech companies, he will be relying upon more insiders, informants and leakers in the future:

“Our future depends on those who are willing to give up everything for what they believe.” 

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To gain a better understanding of the documents, Project Veritas spoke with the Facebook insider in an interview. The insider separated from Facebook in 2018 and was later hired by Project Veritas.

“I saw things that were going on that I personally found to be troubling.”

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According to the insider, the documents revealed a routine suppression of the distribution of conservative Facebook pages. The technical action she repeatedly saw, and for which Project Veritas was provided documentation, was labeled ActionDeboostLiveDistribution. Said the insider, “I would see [this term] appear on several different conservative pages. I first noticed it with an account that I can’t remember, but I remember once I started looking at it, I also saw it on Mike Cernovich’s page, saw it on Steven Crowder’s page, as well as the Daily Caller’s page.”

Conservative commentator Steven Crowder’s page had been suppressed before in April 2016, and Crowder told Project Veritas they settled a dispute related to the issue with Facebook out of court. Asked for comment on this story, Steven Crowder’s attorney Bill Richmond said:

“Louder With Crowder is investigating the allegations of concealed stream throttling by Facebook. The accusations are deeply troubling given the previously settled dispute with Facebook uncovered by Gizmodo.com, which found the show was targeted by Facebook workers with secret audience restrictions on political grounds alongside other prominent conservative voices.”

A screenshot of an action log on Mike Cernovich’s Facebook page provided by the insider, shows the tag. The insider believes that the “deboost” code suppresses the distribution of livestream videos on Facebook. Project Veritas spoke to a current Facebook employee off the record who said that the code could limit a video’s visibility in news feeds, remove sharing features, and disable interactive notifications.

When approached for comment, author and filmmaker Mike Cernovich said the troubling issue is that Facebook could just “make stuff up” about people through these systems. “Facebook, or an individual at Facebook, has the unilateral power to create false allegations against someone he or she doesn’t like. The person accused not only can’t do anything about the allegation, they don’t even have an idea the allegation was made,” said Cernovich.

The insider says that unlike many actions that Facebook content moderators can take against pages, the “deboost” action, which appears to occur algorithmically, does not notify the page’s owner. “[W]ith these ‘deboost live stream’ things, there was no warning sent to the user… These were actions that were being taken without the users knowing.”

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The “deboost” tag appears after the word “Sigma,” which Project Veritas has learned is an artificial intelligence system used to block potential suicide and self-harm posts. Both Mike Cernovich and Steven Crowder cannot recall having ever produced any videos on Facebook that promote suicide or self-harm. Mike Cernovich told Project Veritas that in fact he has long spoken out against suicide and self-harm, and provided tweets of his and a blog post as evidence.

“They’re shifting the goal post”

Also in the in the documents was a presentation, authored by Facebook engineers Seiji Yamamoto and Eduardo Arino de la Rubia, titled “Coordinating Trolling on FB.” Yamamoto is a Data Science Manager, and de la Rubia is a Chief Data Scientist at Facebook. The presentation appears to describe the current actions, as well as potential future actions, Facebook can take to combat alleged abusive behavior on the platform.

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Yamamoto, who is responsible for “News Feed Reduction Strategy,” also authored a post where he said Facebook should address “…quite a bit of content near the perimeter of hate speech.” Said the Facebook insider, the “perimeter of hate speech” means “things that aren’t actually hate speech but that might offend somebody. Anything that is perceived as hateful but no court would define it as hate speech.”

The insider believes Yamamoto’s plans appears to be political in nature, rather than in response to abusive behaviors, “[i]t was clearly kind of designed… aimed to be the right wing meme culture that’s become extremely prevalent in the past few years. And some of the words that appeared on there were, using words like SJW… MSM… the New York Times doesn’t talk about the MSM. The independent conservative outlets are using that language.”

Also in Yamamoto’s report was a line appearing to say that online Facebook trolls are involved in “destructive behaviors” such as “[r]ed-pilling normies to convert them to their worldview.”

In online circles the term “red-pilling” refers to bluntly showing the truth, and “normies” refers generally to apolitical or uninformed people. Directly below the line in the document is hyperlink labeled “example video.”

 

The video linked in the presentation was made by Lauren Chen, a conservative commentator who now hosts a program on BlazeTV. “If you actually watch the video you can see that it clearly isn’t abusive or promoting harassment, the video was a criticism of social justice,” said Chen when asked for comment on this story. She added that “the video actually promotes equality and individualism.”

On a page from the presentation titled “Strategies we use today,” Yamamoto and de la Rubia list “demote bad content.” They add, “… we should still of course delete and demote, but we can do even more…”

(Similar documents from big tech companies can be sent to Project Veritas here.)

Other actions that could be interpreted as “bad content” could be posting words such as “zucced,” “REEE,” and “normie.” Said the insider, Facebook is “shifting the goal post. It’s one thing, if you’re dropping the n-word, or things like that, using some kind of homophobic or racial slur, by all means that’s something that a platform should not want on it. But now you’re moving it to things like, jokes that conservatives tend to make.”

“Special features” triggered “leading up to important elections”

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Two of the “tactics” outlined in the presentation that the Facebook engineers propose for dealing with “troll operations” involve the introduction of a “Troll Twilight Zone.”

Yamamoto and de la Rubia’s presentation says that “troll accounts,” can have their internet bandwidth limited and experience forced glitches like frequent “auto-logout[s]” and the failed upload of comments. These “special features” would be triggered “leading up to important elections.”

Facebook could identify trolls by their vocabulary, friend network, and behavior, according to the presentation. “Facebook has what’s called a Fake Account Index,” explained the insider, “where they assign a score which helps them determine whether the account is a real person or just a dummy spam account. And rightfully so, they want to delete those accounts, that’s okay. They created the troll score so they could help identify, using words they would post, pictures, if they were friends with other trolls and then using that to determine whether this person should be on the platform or not.”

The insider thinks that Facebook’s system to score trolls is problematic because, “there’s no accountability and especially when they are using machine learning to do this, whenever an individual actions an account, there is a process where at least you can send a message to Facebook… However, this is all being done without the user’s knowledge, there is no recourse for them.”

Another proposed tactic in the presentation would apparently alert a “troll’s” friends list when they have been banned. The presentation reads:

  • “When a user does something egregious, warranting an account suspension or deletion, we should notify the friend network
    • “John Smith’s account has been suspended for 7 days because he shared hate speech in the group Kekistani Special Forces”

The presentation says that notifying a “troll’s” friend list would “strike fear in the hearts of trolls…” and “[n]otified users who accidentally befriended the offender might be more mindful of suspicious accounts, increasing overall herd immunity.”

The insider now works for Project Veritas

Said the insider:

“I think that the biggest thing, that getting the documents, getting video or still pictures of what was going on that shows that it is actually happening. This isn’t rumors, they talk about how right-wingers, they come up with all these crazy theories, and that’s not actually happening at these social media companies. They pooh pooh it. But here it is and it’s in your face.”

The insider was terminated by Facebook shortly after Project Veritas published undercover video of Twitter employees discussing “shadow banning” and other data privacy abuses. When asked if supplying documents and testimony to Project Veritas was “worth it,” the insider said “Yes… I knew what I had seen… this is something they were trying to keep in the shadows, that they did not want to public to know and yet the public has a right to know.”

Project Veritas founder James O’Keefe believes that “our collective future depends on those who are willing to give up everything for what they believe.” He believes that if more insiders from large companies step forward and expose similar dishonesty and wrongdoing, that the country will be better educated. O’Keefe said:

“What are you willing to give up? How many of you will step forward? While they may be able to stop one of us, they won’t be able to stop an army. Be brave. Do something.”

(Big tech insiders can reach out to Project Veritas here to help expose similar newsworthy wrongdoing.)

What’s the Cost of Chasing Truth? James O’Keefe on the Power of Media — American Thought Leaders

Mon, 02/11/2019 - 20:23

James O’Keefe sits down the Jan Jekielek of the Epoch Times for an extended interview, tacking a wide variety of topics related to journalism, ethics, and Project Veritas’ future investigations.

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A transcript of this interview is available here.

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Mon, 02/04/2019 - 22:43

 

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