The California GOP ballot box scandal is worse than originally thoughtPosted by Josh Taylor / October 15, 2020
The California Republican Party has admitted to setting up “unofficial” ballot boxes, which they claim are a totally legitimate way of “helping” the election along. And, we’re learning that the problem is much bigger than we thought. There are probably well over 100 such boxes all around the state.
Earlier this week, the Orange County Register accused local GOP party members are putting up fake ballot boxes and then encouraging people to use them. The evidence comes from the California Republican Party’s social media page, which shows someone kneeling next to a fake ballot box with a note encouraging people to reach out to the party for a location of drop boxes. The California Secretary of State has received numerous complaints about possible fake ballots.
This is exactly why NAACP president Derrick Johnson has called Facebook a “threat to democracy.” He is one of the leaders the ongoing Facebook boycott, and he also said the boycotters won’t quit until Facebook makes changes.
Despite the tremendous pressure from inside and outside the company, Facebook has so far refused to change its policy on (not) fact-checking political ads. Earlier this week, a series of advertisers have added their weight to the pressure campaign: Patagonia, North Face, REI, and Ben & Jerry. Now, Verizon is pulling their money out. The more traditionally “hippie” companies like Ben & Jerries are no surprise, but Verizon isn’t generally known for its political stances, so this could be huge.
Despite calls from civil rights leaders to curtail Trump’s (and Trump-inspired) calls to violence, Facebook has refused. Over 140 scientists who are funded by Zuckerberg and his wife have signed a letter condemning Zuckerberg for letting Trump spread misinformation. And now, Facebook employees are considering ceasing interviewing new employees to protest Zuckerberg’s inaction.
Last week, satirical websites went after Mark Zuckerberg hard by calling him a child molester and saying he’s dead. They’re not doing so just to be jerks. Instead, they’re trying to test Facebook’s refusal to factcheck its content. This story is especially significant given two things: Trump’s ongoing battle with Twitter and accusations of political corruption previously levied against Zuckerberg.