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Politics Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Defends Policy Allowing Misleading or False Campaign Ads

22:35  17 october  2019
22:35  17 october  2019 Source:   nationalreview.com

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  Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren isn't happy about Facebook's policy that exempts politicians' posts from fact-checking."Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election," reads the ad, which Warren also tweeted out Saturday. The ad immediately corrects itself but says it's making a point. "What Zuckerberg *has* done is given Trump free rein to lie on his platform," it says, "and then pay Facebook gobs of money to push out their lies to American voters.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the company’s policy of allowing political campaigns to run advertisements containing misleading or false information on their platform.

Mark Zuckerberg holding a sign: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 22, 2016.© Albert Gea/Reuters Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain, February 22, 2016.

“People worry, and I worry deeply, too, about an erosion of truth,” Zuckerberg told the Washington Post. “At the same time, I don’t think people want to live in a world where you can only say things that tech companies decide are 100 percent true.”

Facebook has come under fire for approving an ad for President Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign accusing rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter of corruption, a charge which which he has vigorously disputed. In response, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) released her own Facebook ad saying Zuckerberg supports Trump for reelection.

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“In general, in a democracy, I think that people should be able to hear for themselves what politicians are saying,” Zuckerberg continued.

In a speech Thursday at Georgetown University, Zuckerberg also explained that Facebook and related platforms such as Instagram and Whatsapp don’t operate in China due to censorship concerns.

“While our services like WhatsApp are used by protestors and activists everywhere,” Zuckerberg said, “on TikTok, the Chinese app growing quickly around the world, mentions of these same protests are censored, even here in the U.S.”

Facebook has tried to make inroads into the Chinese market before, even developing a censorship tool for that purpose, according to a 2016 report from the New York Times. However, the efforts to bring the company to China were unsuccessful.

Mark Zuckerberg defends free speech on Facebook

  Mark Zuckerberg defends free speech on Facebook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage at Georgetown today to defend freedom of expression. Most recently, Facebook has been criticized for allowing politicians to post misleading ads. But Zuckerberg is calling for more free speech and cautioned against "potentially cracking down too much" on social networks. In an interview with The Washington Post, Zuckerberg says he too worries "about an erosion of truth." But, he added, "I don'tIn an interview with The Washington Post, Zuckerberg says he too worries "about an erosion of truth." But, he added, "I don't think people want to live in a world where you can only say things that tech companies decide are 100 percent true.

Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify next week at a congressional hearing on Facebook’s business practices.

Warren has called to break up Facebook and other big tech companies, writing on Medium, “We need to stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favor.” Zuckerberg has referred to Warren as an “existential” threat to the company.

Social media companies including Facebook struggle with policies of free speech and censorship that differ from country to country. A European court recently ruled that European Union member nations can force Facebook to remove content from its platform world wide if that content is found to be illegal under one of those nations’ laws.

Analysis: Americans Don’t Just Want Facebook to Ban False Political Ads. They Want Them to Ban ALL Political Ads. .
Mark Zuckerberg and the communications team at Facebook have been embroiled in controversy over the past few days, centered on whether the company has a responsibility to ferret out false or misleading political content and purge it from the platform. Zuckerberg has been defiant, citing similar policies by Twitter and others, saying it’s not Facebook’s role to police what is ultimately free expression. © REUTERS/Erin Scott Facebook Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies at a House Financial Services Committee hearing in Washington, U.S., October 23, 2019. The majority of Americans, however, think otherwise. A survey of over 1,600 U.S.

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