Facebook Regulatory Counsel Joins Biden Transition Team As Zuckerberg Commits to Silencing Trump Victory Claims


Jessica Hertz, a former Associate General Counsel for regulatory matters at Facebook, has joined the transition team of Democratic Presidential campaign Joe Biden.

The hire speaks to the close relationship between the Biden camp and big tech platforms such as Facebook which frequently weaponizes its service to censor and suppress conservative users and content.

In lockstep with narratives pushed by the Transition Integrity Project, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently declared the social media platform would aim to convince Americans that “there’s nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days or even weeks” to identify the winner.

Hertz is part of the campaign’s recent hiring spree for its transition team and joins the effort as a staff member carrying out day-to-day operations.

She identifies herself as having “handled a wide range of government inquiries and regulatory investigations” while at Facebook, holding the position of Associate General Counsel for regulatory affairs starting in 2018 before being promoted to Director of the branch in 2019. And during Hertz’s tenure at the company, Facebook was embroiled in a host of controversies where conservatives – including President Trump – saw their content censored and, in some cases, de-platformed.

A former partner at law firm Jenner & Block, Hertz assisted the company with “clients dealing with regulatory or other disputes with the government,” perhaps providing insight into the capacity she’ll be assisting the Biden campaign with: pushing social media platforms such as Facebook to echo the desires of the Biden campaign.

Hertz’s links to Biden, however, transcend her position on his transition team.

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She worked in the Obama White House from 2009 to 2014, where, from 2012 to 2014 she served as Principal Deputy Counsel to then-Vice President Biden. She’s also donated over $5,000 to Democratic candidates since the 2016 election cycle, with $2,000 being funneled directly to the Biden campaign.

And Facebook is expected to play a larger role than usual in the 2020 election, with the platform, which nearly three-quarters of Americans use, vowing to suppress “premature claims of victory by candidates.”

Echoing the Soros-funded Transition Integrity Project report, which insisted “the concept of election night, is no longer accurate and indeed is dangerous,” Zuckerberg remarked:

“We may not know the final result on election night. One of the things I think we and other media need to start doing is preparing the American people that there’s nothing illegitimate about this election taking additional days or even weeks to make sure that all of the votes are counted. In fact, that might be important to make sure that this is a legitimate and fair election.”

Twitter’s top lobbyist, Carlos Monje, also departed the social media company to join the Biden transition team.

Natalie Winters

Natalie Winters is freelance reporter.

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