Joel Kaplan: Zuck’s Fixer and GOP Operative

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Joel Kaplan: Zuck’s fixer and GOP operative

Joel Kaplan Republican operative runs Facebook

Facebook spreads Republican disinformation and promotes right-wing conspiracy theories. Meet Joel Kaplan, Republican operative and Zuckerberg fixer.

“Kaplan is Facebook’s vice president of global public policy. He is a former energy company lobbyist and worked as a Bush Administration official. He is a strong conservative voice within Facebook and has helped place conservatives in key positions in the company. He advocates for right-wing websites like Breitbart News and The Daily Caller within the company and has had Facebook’s algorithm changed to promote the interests of right-wing publications. He prevented Facebook from closing down Facebook groups that were alleged to have circulated fake news, arguing that doing so would disproportionately target conservatives.” –Wikipedia

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Joel Kaplan Republican operative runs Facebook

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Relationship maps (also called power maps) reveal connections between people, companies and events. They help reveal facts that often hide to see in words. This interactive relationship map was created with the free Kumu app using publicly available information. See how well you know Joel with this short true/false quiz. Answers below.

  1. Joel was part of the Brooks Brothers Riot in Miami which demanded an end to the recount favoring Al Gore.
  2. Kaplan helped “quarterback” Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
  3. Zuckerberg changed Facebook’s policies to be more lenient on Alex Jones at InfoWars, who claimed that the Sandy Hook shooting was a “giant hoax” carried out by crisis actors.
  4. Facebook altered the language of its advertising policy to allow political candidates to lie in Facebook ads.
  5. Rudy Giuliani’s digital strategist worked at Facebook.
  6. Facebook hired the former Republican chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
  7. Facebook gives the right-wing Daily Wire almost ten times as much engagement as the New York Times and Washington Post.
Joel Kaplan supported Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court
U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Kavanaugh on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

The Daily Wire

“The Daily Wire, the right-wing website founded by pundit Ben Shapiro, is a cesspool of misogyny, bigotry, and misinformation. Its toxic content is also fantastically successful on Facebook, with each story reaching more people than any other major media outlet. A Popular Information investigation reveals some of this success is attributable to a clandestine network of 14 large Facebook pages that purport to be independent but exclusively promote content from The Daily Wire in a coordinated fashion. 

This kind of ‘inauthentic coordinated behavior’ violates Facebook’s rules. Facebook has taken down smaller and less coordinated networks that promoted liberal content. But Facebook told Popular Information that it will continue to allow this network to operate and amplify The Daily Wire’s content.

Facebook pushes right wing conspiracy theories to please Republicans and sell more ads

“… One representative example is this video by Daily Wire host Andrew Klavan explaining why ‘gender equality’ is a ‘leftist lie.’ The Daily Wire specializes in anti-LGBT bigotry. In this video, Daily Wire host Michael Knowles says that ‘gay people’ don’t really ‘want to be tolerated by society and accepted by society.’ His evidence is the concept of LGBT ‘pride,’ which he calls ‘the worst sin of all.’

“The Daily Wire is also a source for misinformation and conspiracy theories. The Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro, whose site was bankrolled by Texas oil magnates, falsely claims that ‘there is not that much we can do‘ to combat climate change. Shapiro also says that the ‘radical left‘ is plotting to prevent you from giving money to The Daily Wire and your local church.” –Popular Information

Facebook spreads Republican and right-wing conspiracy theories

TakeAway: Use network maps to expose hidden relationships and agendas – especially if a company is making money by destroying civil society and democracy.


Answers: All true (unfortunately). See the Joel Kaplan network map for details.

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