Slack Corporation Hurls Wild Accusations of Foreign Influence Against Movement for a People’s Party Founder Nick Brana
Washington, D.C. — In the latest assault by Silicon Valley technology companies on the progressive left, Slack Technologies Wednesday deactivated two work accounts belonging to the Movement for a People’s Party and its founder Nick Brana, falsely calling him a foreign agent.
Without warning or evidence, the company made wild and baseless accusations in an unsigned email that frighteningly parallels the McCarthyite narrative that has been promulgated by the Democratic and Republicans parties and the mainstream media as a pretext for political suppression.
Slack’s notice to Brana read:
Brana was the National Political Outreach Coordinator with Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign and Our Revolution’s first Electoral Manager. The suppression was targeted and intentional.
Of the several Slack groups that Brana belongs to, only his Movement for a People’s Party accounts were deactivated. Slack refused to reveal how long the company has been surveilling MPP and how many other political organizations are being targeted. Slack also refused to divulge who instructed the company to shut down Brana’s accounts.
Brana and MPP’s Slack accounts have been active for two years without reprisal from the company. The sudden assault comes on the heels of MPP’s successful launch of a coalition of unions, progressive organizations, and nationally renowned labor and left leaders to lay the groundwork for a major new labor-based political party in America.
Slack Technologies is run by billionaire CEO Daniel Stewart Butterfield, who has contributed thousands of dollars to Democratic Party campaigns in the past two years.
These actions mark an escalation from the censorship being practiced by social media companies and search engines into the even more serious territory of attempting to squash the influential and growing movement for an electoral alternative. Slack has gone beyond the censorship of information and crossed into the suppression of the public’s constitutional right to organize independently of the Democratic and Republican parties.
The heightened suppression reveals a recognition amongst U.S. corporations that new political parties are rising across Europe and Latin America and sweeping aside deeply-entrenched establishment parties. It demonstrates an awareness that the large majority of Americans want a major new party too. And it shows how fearful political and economic elites are that a similar movement will upend the American status quo.