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Technology Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads

00:16  13 october  2019
00:16  13 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Elizabeth Warren is now running FB ads with a false statement about Mark Zuckerberg and FB endorsing Trump for president, to draw attention to A Facebook spokesperson responded to the new ads to CNN, which first reported on them, saying: “If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Warren is playing a game of dare with Facebook . The Democratic presidential candidate bought a political ad on the social network this past week that purposefully includes false claims about Facebook ’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg

Elizabeth Warren has taken an attention-getting approach to attacking Facebook's recent announcement that it won't fact-check politicians' posts. She's running an ad on the social network that deliberately contains a falsehood.

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"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."

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Facebook quickly approved the ad , showing, according to Warren , that the platform's new rules had turned the social media giant into a Progressives, like Warren , have warned that Facebook could easily be leveraged to help Republicans win re-election. A long- running argument by Democrats is

Warren 's advertisement goes on to chastise Facebook for running false advertisements for Trump, while most television networks have denied to run the Networks like CNN and NBCUniversal have refused to run ads for Donald Trump with "demonstrably false " claims about former Vice President

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Neither Facebook nor the White House immediately responded to a request for comment.

Late last month, Facebook said it exempts politicians from its third-party fact-checking process and that that's been the policy for more than a year. The company treats speech from politicians "as newsworthy content that should, as a general rule, be seen and heard," Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, said at the time.

"We don't believe ... that it's an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician's speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny," Clegg added.

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" Facebook changed their ads policy to allow politicians to run ads with known lies—explicitly turning the platform into a disinformation-for-profit A Facebook representative commented on Warren ’s allegations by saying that the social platform always checks business ads for false statements, but

Elizabeth Warren put up a Facebook ad with false info. The reason? To show that she could (Source: TicToc).

Earlier this week, Facebook told Joe Biden's presidential campaign that it wouldn't remove an ad by Trump's reelection campaign despite assertions that the ad contains misinformation about Biden. The 30-second video said Biden had threatened to withhold $1 billion from Ukraine unless officials there fired the prosecutor investigating a company that employed Biden's son.

At the time, Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Trump's campaign, said the ads were accurate. But Factcheck.org noted that while Biden did threaten to withhold US money from Ukraine, there's no evidence he did this to help his son, which is what the Facebook ad implied. Factcheck.org also said there's no evidence Biden's son was ever under investigation and that Biden and the US weren't alone in pressuring Ukraine to fire the prosecutor, who was widely seen as corrupt.

Responding to Facebook's refusal to pull the ad, Biden spokesman T.J. Ducklo said at the time that  "the spread of objectively false information to influence public opinion poisons the public discourse and chips away at our democracy. It is unacceptable for any social media company to knowingly allow deliberately misleading material to corrupt its platform."

And Warren tweeted then that Facebook was "deliberately allowing a candidate to intentionally lie to the American people."

Warren has called for the breakup of Facebook and other big tech companies, saying in part that they wield too much influence. Other lawmakers have called for Facebook and rival platforms to be regulated as a way of addressing concerns about the spread of fake news, among other things.

Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK elections .
Facebook's policy of allowing politicians to run false ads is going to get tested in short order. CNN Business has confirmed that the social network won't fact-check candidates' ads in the weeks ahead of the UK election on December 12th. It will bar candidates from linking to debunked or pro-violence material, and will still scrutinize groups like Leave.EU, but voters will have to rely on skepticism beyond that. That reluctance to check ads is leading to concerns, including from those investigating Facebook.

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