“Digital activists are paid employees; their purpose is to attack anyone who’s posting something contrary to the view the page owner wants expressed.”
It’s perhaps one of the most important and pitched battles of our time: The battle to control information and sway public opinion. What can you believe? Who’s telling the truth? What’s real? Trust in the national media breaks along partisan lines. According to the latest survey: just 11 percent of Republicans now trust national news organizations, down from last year. Over the same period, Democrats’ trust has gone up, to 34 percent. Trust in social sites like Facebook and Twitter is in the single digits for all political persuasions; a reflection that the web is a free-for-all, where news is faked, and popular sites are subject to manipulation or censorship. We investigate efforts to control: The Sum of All Knowledge.
As a Donald Trump supporter, Andrew Torba felt like odd man out in California’s Silicon Valley home of prominent tech firms like Apple, Facebook and Google. Last year he was outraged when he attended this campaign rally in San Jose and saw violent anti-Trump protesters attacking Trump supporters.
Sharyl: Did you post these feelings online?
Andrew Torba: Yes.
Sharyl: On what?
Torba: On Facebook, on Twitter, I wrote a blog about it. And immediately, without getting into any of the issues or anything, I was automatically labeled a racist, a bigot, etc. Venture capitalists, people that I respected and had worked with on a very close level, just wrote me off completely and blacklisted me completely.