Facebook has long maintained that their “independent oversight board” is impartial and has no political agenda or bias. Reports now reveal that the committee, which the big tech behemoth uses to judge whom to censor on its platform, has several members with direct links to progressive billionaire George Soros or the organizations he props up.
Sharyl Attkisson of RealClearPolitics launched an investigation that exposed 18 out of the 20 members who sit on the Facebook oversight board “collaborated with or are tied to groups” who get their financial backing from Soros’s Open Society Foundation.
One of those board members is a U.S. law professor named Evelyn Aswad, who was given a grant from a foundation that is directly aligned with Soros. Aswad has also stated she wishes corporations would arrange their “speech codes with international human rights law” and be dictated by “international law on freedom of expression.”
Jamal Greene, another board member, was formerly an aide to California Sen. Kamala Harris and was a law-school professor at Columbia University. She holds a position as one of the board’s co-chairs. The report says both of her former employers are linked to the Soros family and his far-left foundation. Greene routinely posts anti-Trump sentiments on Twitter.
The director of Human Rights Watch’s Alliances and Partnerships Initiative, Maina Kiai, is also a board member, and her organization has received $100 million of Soros’s money. Kiai also founded the Kenya Human Rights Commission, who took over $600,000 from the extremist billionaire.
Denmark’s former socialist Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidtis is also a co-chair and has expressed her opinions about “rethinking” democracy. According to the new report, she is a trustee for the Open Society Foundation-funded International Crisis Group, where Soros and his son Alexander sit on the board.
RealClearPolitics provides a complete list of Soros-tied members:
- Afia Asantewaa Asare-Kyei: A program manager at Soros’s Open Society Foundations in West Africa.
- Evelyn Aswad (University of Oklahoma): U.S. law professor. Recipient of a grant from Knight Foundation, which has partnered with Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Aswad says corporations should align their “speech codes with international human rights law” and be guided by “international law on freedom of expression.”
- Endy Bayuni: Jakarta Post editor. Board member of the Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict in Jakarta, headed by a “George Soros visiting practitioner chair” who previously worked at a Soros-founded group.
- Catalina Botero-Marino (co-chair): Dean of a Colombian law school that received $1.3 million over two years from Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Serves on an expert panel of Inter-American Dialogue, funded in part by Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Also serves as an expert for Columbia University’s Global Freedom of Expression Project, funded in part by Open Society Foundations. Served as a board member of Article 19, which received $1.7 million from Open Society Foundations over two years.
- Katherine Chen: Academic professor, journalist. Often retweets material critical of Donald Trump and supportive of Barack Obama.
- Nighat Dad: Founder and executive director of the Digital Rights Foundation, which receives money from Soros’s Open Society Foundations, and is a project of Artists at Risk Connection, a project of Pen America, which is sponsored in part by Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Served on the board of the Soros-funded Dangerous Speech Project. Adviser on Amnesty International’s Technology and Human Rights Counsel, funded in part by Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
- Jamal Greene (co-chair): Columbia University law-school professor. (The Soros family and Foundations are well-known funders of and partners with Columbia.) Recently served as aide to California Sen. Kamala Harris, who counts Soros among her donors. His Twitter account shows that he has sided firmly against President Trump.
- Pamela Karlan: Stanford University Law professor. Member of the Soros-founded and funded American Constitution Society, which takes a “progressive” view of the U.S. Constitution. Supported Trump impeachment and has contributed to Democratic candidates, including Hillary Clinton and Elizabeth Warren.
- Tawakkol Karman: Her organization, “Women Journalists Without Chains,” receives funds from Soros’s Open Society Foundations. She serves on the advisory council of Transparency International, which also receives funds from Soros’s group.
- Maina Kiai: Director of Human Rights Watch’s Alliances and Partnerships Initiative, which received $100 million from Open Society Foundations. She was founding leader of the Kenya Human Rights Commission, which received $615,000 from Soros over two years.
- Sudhir Krishnaswamy: Law school vice chancellor. Co-founder of progressive nonprofit Centre for Law and Policy Research, which receives major funding from Soros-funded Center for Reproductive Rights and the lesbian-rights group Astrea; editor of the International Journal of Communications Law & Policy (IJCLP), which received grants from Open Society Foundations. Also connected to the Soros-supported Committee on Global Thought at Columbia University.
- Ronaldo Lemos: Brazilian law professor. Co-founder of the Soros-supported Institute for Technology and Society. Serves on the board of the Open Society-funded Mozilla Foundation. Was board member at Soros-funded Access Now.
- Michael McConnell (co-chair): Stanford University law professor. Head of the Constitutional Law Center, funded by the Soros Open Society Foundation-funded American Constitution Society.
- Julie Owono (Stanford University, Harvard University): head of Internet Sans Frontieres, a member of the Soros-funded Global Network Initiative.
- Emi Palmor: Former head of the Israeli Ministry of Justice.
- Alan Rusbridger: Former editor in chief of The Guardian. On board of the Open Society Foundation-funded Committee to Protect Journalists.
- Andas Sajo: Professor. One of the founders of Soros’s Central European University. Formerly on board of Soros’s Open Society Justice Initiative in New York. Former judge of European Court of Human Rights, criticized for its alleged conflicts of interests and Soros ties. (An investigation found that nearly all the judges on the court received funding from Soros’s Open Society Foundations.)
- John Samples: Founder of Libertarian Cato Institute’s Center for Representative Government, founded by former Congressman Lee Hamilton (D), who was head of Woodrow Wilson Center, which is funded, in part, by Soros’s Open Society Foundations. Cato opposes Trump’s positions on illegal immigration and sees eye-to-eye on the issue with Soros, who has contributed to Cato through Open Society Foundations. Cato is also funded by Google, Ford Foundation, and the libertarian Koch interests, who also favor more open borders.
- Nicolas Suzor: Law professor at Queensland University of Technology, which collaborated and co-funded projects with Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
- Helle Thorning-Schmidt (co-chair): Denmark’s socialist former prime minister who advocates “rethinking” democracy. On board of the Open Society Foundation-funded European Council of Foreign Relations. Trustee at the Open Society Foundation-funded International Crisis Group where George and Alexander Soros sit on the board. Advisory board member of Open Society Foundation-funded Atlantic Council. Also sits on the Atlantic Council’s International Advisory Board, which received approximately $325,000 from the Open Society Foundation-funded Center for Global Development.
Four board members wrote a New York Times OpEd in May which touted the board’s diversity and open-minded ideas.
“The board members come from different professional, cultural and religious backgrounds and have various political viewpoints,” they bragged in the Times. “Some of us have been publicly critical of Facebook; some of us haven’t.”
They went on to say: “So in November 2018, recognizing that no company should settle these issues alone, Facebook committed to creating an independent oversight body that will review Facebook’s decisions about what content to take down or leave up. Over the past 18 months, more than 2,000 experts and other relevant parties from 88 countries have contributed feedback that has shaped the development of this oversight board, which will have 20 members (ultimately growing to 40) and is scheduled to become operational this year.”
Soros has openly funded far-left causes throughout the United States, as well as using his organizations to infuse the city attorneys’ offices in Philadelphia and St. Louis with cash to help bankroll legal defenses for domestic terror groups such as Antifa and violent rioters such as Black Lives Matter.
Some have pointed out that his backing of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner has already been advantageous for Democratic causes, such as leftist rioting and the recent situation with the McCloskey family.
In July alone, Soros handed over $220 million for an assortment of organizations designed to support the messaging of Black Lives Matter pressure groups, whose own leaders openly declare themselves to be “trained Marxists.”