Woah. This claim in must-read except from new book on Peter Thiel. We knew this secret meeting happened shortly after Zuckerberg's "free expression" speech at Georgetown. FB denies "agreement" happened - it would be an astounding abuse of market power by FB and Trump admin. /1

3:47 PM · Sep 20, 2021

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A reminder the secretive meeting happened as Facebook was receiving massive pressure to follow Google and Twitter's lead in banning micro-targeted political advertising on its platform particularly around misleading ads and messages breaking its policies. /2
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This claim also significant and resurfaces why SEC needs to revisit its settlement. A reminder on reports that Peter Thiel's Palantir was involved in teaching Cambridge Analytica how to scrape data from Facebook's platform. Investors should be concerned. /3
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It's outrageous to consider Thiel has been a Facebook board member throughout this. The excerpt claims Zuckerberg leaned into him for political support which certainly the facts would seem to support. At minimum. /4
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Thiel reportedly funded Gawker's destruction as revenge for embarrassing him so noting anecdote here. “He viewed liberals through a lens as people who were not nice to him,” said a classmate. “The way people treated him at Stanford had a huge impact. That’s still with him.” /5
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It also may explain Zuckerberg's discomfort when questions surfaced about Thiel and Palantir. /6
Wow. That’s a new nugget and points back to Facebook’s own knowledge/awareness at the executive level and hints to why Zuckerberg got so weird in testimony to both @SenatorCantwell and @aoc when asked about Thiel and/or Palantir. Will link my full thread below.
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Thank you! I don’t expect to get many answers, but it is exciting to see someone talking about Palantir. That’s so rare.
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“Astounding” implies surprise. What part of this would be the least surprising?
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I honestly think one of the most pointless responses to anything is ‘oh you’re surprised? You shouldn’t be.’ People don’t know some of the things you know and vice versa. Somebody pointed this out to me once and I realised it helps nobody and solves nothing, so I knocked it off
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