It was exposed today that Steve Bannon and the anti-LGBT hate group the Family Research Council planned to infiltrate Facebook’s hiring process to obtain information on the company, and place extreme right-wing rhetoric and algorithms on the site according to a new report from BuzzFeed.
The idea was hatched by the Family Research Council’s Senior Fellow for Regulatory Affairs Chris Gacek, who wrote in an email to Bannon that Facebook was hiring for a “Public Policy Manager” with the company’s WhatsApp arm.
At the time the email was sent, in August 2016, Bannon was still with Breitbart, but was just about to join the Trump campaign. Gacek wrote that it “seems perfect for Breitbart to flood the zone with candidates of all stripe who will report back to you / Milo [Yiannopoulos] with INTEL about the job application process over at FB.
Bannon forwarded this message to Yiannopoulos, the former Breitbart News Tech Editor Gacek referenced in the email, saying, “Can u get on this”.
Yiannopoulos forwarded Bannon’s request to some researchers, who wrote back that it “Seems difficult to do quietly without them becoming aware of efforts.”
Bannon, Yiannopoulos or the Family Research Council have not responded to multiple requests for comments at this time.