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Joe Biden keeps his wide national lead over Donald Trump as swing states tighten
The conventions are over and each party's ticket has been made official. The COVID-19 pandemic is still infecting tens of thousands of Americans every day, and anti-racism protests continue — some of them becoming violent. But public opinion has largely held steady, meaning Joe Biden remains the favourite to defeat Donald Trump in two months. But his path to the White House might be becoming a little narrower, as polls in a number of swing states tighten. The CBC's Presidential Poll Tracker, an aggregation of all polls in the United States, still shows Biden leading in enough states to win him the election.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign has ripped into Facebook once again, saying the social network has taken "no meaningful action" to curb election misinformation from President Donald Trump. At the same time, Biden's campaign has continued to spend big bucks on Facebook advertising in the lead-up to November's election.
The criticism came in a three-page email sent by Biden campaign manager Jen O'Malley Dillon to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg on Monday. The Biden team, in the email first obtained by, blasted Facebook as "the nation's foremost propagator of disinformation about the voting process."
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In response, a Facebook rep told Axios the company has "rules in place to protect the integrity of the election and free expression, and we will continue to apply them impartially."
This wasn't the first time Biden has gone after Facebook. Back in June, the former vice president called Facebook a
Biden's recent criticism comes after Facebook was widely criticized last fall for not pulling political ads containing lies; his criticism also comes after Facebook has been ripped over the last few years for its inability to weed out Russian trolls during the 2016 U.S. election. (Still, there is little reason to believe bogus Russian ads played a major role in shaping the results of the 2016 election. A study from Oxford University found Russian trolls, working for the St. Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency,between 2015 and 2017.)
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabrications and fear-mongering in a belligerent debate with Joe Biden, at one point claiming that the U.S. death toll would have been 10 times higher under the Democrat because he wanted open borders in the pandemic. Biden preached no such thing. Trump barrelled into the debate Tuesday night as unconstrained by the facts as at his rallies, but this time having his campaign opponent and frequently the Fox News moderator, Chris Wallace, calling him out in real time, or trying. Biden stumbled on the record at times as the angry words flew from both men on the Cleveland stage.
Since 2016, Facebook has implemented a few rules to combat election meddling, including making all U.S. political advertisers register with an American address. The company has also rolled out a tool allowing users to see how much money politicians have spent on Facebook. And recently, Zuckerberg said Facebook will be more proactive in flagging election misinformation, including false claims coming from the president's account.
Despite the Biden campaign's harsh words for Facebook, his team hasn't shied away from using the platform to reach voters. In fact, Biden has been the top political advertiser on Facebook over the last month, with about $19 million spent on ads. President Trump's page during that same time period has spent $17.1 million on Facebook ads, according to the company's
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© CHIP SOMODEVILLA Joe Biden answers questions from journalists in New Castle, October 13, 2020 in Delaware Polite questions, tendency to restraint, rare criticism of a campaign with restricted access: Joe Biden is less heckled by journalists than Donald Trump, recognize several media specialists, some justifying this shift by the methods they consider dangerous of the Republican president.