Internet billionaire Red Hoffman wants to put things right. On Wednesday, one of the founders of LinkedIn issued an apology for reports of his involvement in large-scale misinformation during the Alabama 2017 special elections in the US Senate.
The The New York Times The scam that social media project – on Facebook and Twitter – was widely covered to help the Democratic Party Doug Jones dismantle the republic Rui-Roy Moore. One part of the project included a fake page on Facebook that the operators referred to as conservative alabamids, "used it to try to divide the Republicans and even to support a candidate for writing to draw votes from Mr. Moore."
In an article entitled "Truth and Politics" published on the medium site, Hoffman said he was not fully aware of the subject before reading TimesCoverage. In his defense, he asserts, "The Times The articles indicate that I am aware of them and that I support their tactics. " He confirms that he was not aware that these funds were funding the effort. This statement marks Hoffman's first acknowledgment of relations with the campaign.
"I am categorically opposed to using misinformation to influence the election," says Hoffman, adding that he deliberately funds several organizations "trying to reestablish a civil discourse that focuses on the truth in the United States" and that he would have refused to invest in any organization with such dishonest tactics.
He also points out that he believes there is no place in American democracy to manipulate facts or rely on blatant lies at the end of the game.
Hoffmann, however, takes the opportunity to offer an apology on behalf of his financial misfortune. He donated the $ 750,000 he eventually donated to American Engagement Technologies (AET), which carried out this effort.
"I had no knowledge of the procedures Times "It does not give me moral responsibility to exercise sufficient care to monitor my investments," he writes. "Sen. Doug Jones called for an investigation into this alleged process, from which he read TimesI agree with a good idea. "
From now on, Hoffmann claims that his team has already begun to formulate new policies to properly examine investments, as well as oversee the funds they go to. The Group intends to publicly publish this policy in the near future.
"I will continue to work to make our political institutions more inclusive and responsive to a whole group of voters, more transparent and accountable, more secure against the influence of those who wish to undermine our democratic processes and our commitment to the truth," Hoffmann concludes.