This week the Washington Post published a powerful story about the ways that Facebook has allowed authoritarian activists – including those sanctioned by the United States government – to use its platform to push disinformation propaganda, recruit fighters and raise money in support of Russia’s Illegal invasion of Ukraine.
That story wouldn’t have been possible without the disclosures made by Whistleblower Aid client Joohn Choe, a Facebook contractor who was hired to research extremism on the platform and who was shocked by what he saw and the company’s insufficient response.
In addition to the presence of sanctioned individuals on the platform, his disclosures ring the alarm about authoritarian regimes like the Belarusian government using Facebook to identify, hunt and arrest critics of the government.
You can read Choe’s disclosures here:
- February 25 filing focused on Ukraine and pro-Russian use of Facebook
- December 3rd filing focused on Belarusian use of Facebook and Instagram
As Whistleblower Aid founder and chief disclosure officer John Tye pointed out:
For more information on whistleblower Joohn Choe, and to support his work, you can subscribe to his Patreon.
To connect with Whistleblower Aid or with Joohn Choe, contact us at [email protected].