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Joe Biden’s staff choices include ex-BIG TECH execs, employees

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At least 14 people who President-elect Joe Biden has chosen to serve in his administration or to advise his transition have worked for the Big Tech firms that continue to banish conservatives — including President Donald Trump, Chuck Ross reports for The Daily Caller.

The Big Tech firms all took action against Trump and Parler, a free speech social network, in response to riots at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Twitter permanently banned Trump from the site due to their alleged claim of “the risk of further incitement of violence” and Facebook has suspended Trump’s account until the end of his presidential term.

In an effort to prevent further riot organizing, Google and Apple removed Parler from their app stores and Amazon Web Services announced they will no longer host the site.

Apple said on Friday that Parler had “not taken adequate measures to address the proliferation of these threats to people’s safety.”

Parler is currently offline until it finds another web host.

Facebook and Twitter executives have been hired by the Biden administration to serve in the White House during his term.

Jessica Hertz, who was a director for Facebook’s regulatory team, will serve as White House staff director. Emily Horne, who was head of global policy communications for Twitter, will be the director of press and spokesperson for the National Security Council, according to the Biden-Harris transition website.

David Recordon, a former developer for Facebook, will serve as director of technology for the Office of Management and Administration. Austin Lin, a former program manager at Facebook, will serve as Recordon’s deputy.

Amazon, Apple and Google executives will also hold positions in the incoming Biden administration.

Amazon executives Tom Sullivan and Mark Schwartz are on the agency review teams for the Department of State and Office of Management and Budget.

A program manager for Google’s Global Business Operations Deon Scott, is on the review team for the Department of Homeland Security.

Facebook executives Zaid Zaid, Rachel Lieber and Christopher Upperman are on the transition review team. They are advising nominations for the Department of State, Intelligence Community and Small Business Administration.

The Biden Inaugural Committee released a list of its donors Saturday of who has donated to the Biden inauguration fund. Big Tech companies like Google, Microsoft and Comcast all publicly donated to the fund.

Biden also took more money from Big Tech than any candidate in American history, according to The Spectator. Moreover, donations to the Democrats by Bay Area residents rose from $163 million in 2016 to $199 million in 2020.

You can follow Annaliese Levy on Twitter @AnnalieseLevy

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Historic Recall: San Francisco recalls soft on crime District Attorney

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San Francisco voters have officially recalled extreme progressive Chesa Boudin. The San Francisco Chronicle noted the event as a “historic recall.”

“The election, closely-watched across the nation, came after months of intense debate over criminal justice and public safety in San Francisco” writes the Chronicle.

The voters are “frustrated with a dysfunctional city” and horrendous crime rates. They saw “an elected official unwilling to acknowledge he was at least partly responsible for the problems – and cast him out.”

Boudin received an overwhelming 60% vote in favor of recall. San Francisco voters “embrace being labeled as progressive” but “decided they wanted a more traditional crime-fighter as district attorney and delivered what will be viewed nationally as a blow to efforts to reshape criminal justice” adds the Chronicle.

 

 

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