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CPAC Cheers Fired Facebook Whistleblower

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OXON HILL, Md. — On Friday, Project Veritas founder and president James O’Keefe announced that the woman who got fired for leaking internal Facebook documents about “deboosting” was in the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

O’Keefe said that the anonymous woman was in the front row.

On Wednesday, Project Veritas went public with a report from the anonymous staffer. According to the report, Facebook engineers plan to “demote bad content.” In addition, conservative Facebook page live streams have been secretly “deboosted,” and Facebook engineers think “‘hateful’ content is coming from right-leaning sites.”

After Project Veritas released the documents, Facebook responded.

“We fired this person a year ago for breaking multiple employment policies and using her contractor role at Facebook to perform a stunt for Project Veritas,” a spokesperson told The Verge. “Unsurprisingly, the claims she is making validate her agenda and ignore the processes we have in place to ensure Facebook remains a platform to give people a voice, regardless of their political ideology.”

When O’Keefe announced that the woman was in the audience, CPAC attendees gave her a standing ovation.

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