I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.
The company can’t avoid damaging democracy. I joined Facebook in June 2018 as its “head of Global Elections Integrity Ops” in the company’s business integrity organization, focused specifically on political advertising. I had spent much of my career working to strengthen and defend democracy — including freedom of speech — as an intelligence officer, diplomat and White House adviser. Now I had the opportunity to help a company that I viewed as playing a major role in one of the biggest threats (...)