Social media giant Facebook announced that the company will partner with the Atlantic Council for the purpose of providing it with real time information and updates on perceived threats and cases of disinformation from different parts of the globe.
The Atlantic Council was founded in 1961 and is described as America’s “think tank” on international affairs. The organization provides a venue for discussion and invites leaders in business and politics to share thoughts, opinions, and ideas that are relevant in the current global environment.
The Atlantic Council has its main office in Washington, D.C but operates 10 regional centers tasked to oversee developments in global economic trends and international security. Among its members are renowned globalists such as Henry Kissinger and Dina Powell.
Facebook said in its statement that partnering with Atlantic Council will help it monitor electoral results so that it can “protect free and fair elections around the world.”
The company also stated it would collaborate with the Atlantic Council’s teams to monitor election- related activities including results in different locations:
“Facebook will also use the Atlantic Council’s Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other highly sensitive moments. This will allow us to focus on a particular geographic area – monitoring for misinformation and foreign interference and also working to help educate citizens as well as civil society.”
The question that needs to be asked is, “What constitutes misinformation?” It may seem that recent events show the Atlantic Council has a slant versus threats to globalization particularly the nationalist movement.
As an example, the Atlantic Council has referred to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban as a “far- right Autocrat” who governs a “quasi- authoritarian regime that bears little semblance to the democracy that allowed its accession to the EU and NATO.”
For the Atlantic Council, Orban’s re-election should initiate action from the western democracies to defend their democratic values.
However, there appears to be inconsistency with the ideologies espoused by the Atlantic Council. This is the same group that supported Turkey’s President Erdogan who has for the past 21 months extended his authoritarian powers over the country.
Would anyone still entrust their personal data on Facebook when it plans to collaborate with an organization that serves conflicting agendas?