Monika Bickert, Facebook’s Head of Global Policy Management, is pretty elusive considering her role.
The former US Assistant Attorney doesn’t tweet (at least under her real name) and doesn’t give many interviews (a Q&A in November
was a rare appearance). But, having given presentations to the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and Fake News (EiM #40
) and written Facebook’s white paper on regulation back in February 2020 (EiM #52
), it’s clear Bickert is at the heart of much of Facebook’s decision making.
As you might expect, Bickert played a central role in yesterday’s staff briefing. During the meeting, she insisted Trump’s ban was ‘an executive decision’, according to a leak
. Imagine making that call.
I don’t envy her and wish her, and other folks in policy positions, the best of luck as they work out what this week means for them and their platform’s users.