Technology Mark Zuckerberg on lies in political ads: ‘I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians’
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.
Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s policy of letting politicians lie in political ads — along with free speech more broadly —. “I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians” he said.
Zuckerberg’s speech, which amounted to a rallying cry for the First Amendment during a time when speech rights are under siege globally, acknowledged the fact that Facebook profits off misinformation — but said that’s not why the company decided to allow inaccurate ads to remain on the platform:
Given the sensitivity around political ads, I’ve considered whether we should stop allowing them altogether. From a business perspective, the controversy certainly isn’t worth the small part of our business they make up. But political ads are an important part of voice — especially for local candidates, up-and-coming challengers, and advocacy groups that may not get much media attention otherwise.
Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it'
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) criticized Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday over a speech he made that day at Georgetown University, alleging that the social media founder's comments show "how unprepared Facebook is to handle the 2020 election.""Mark Zuckerberg's speech today shows how little he learned from 2016, and how unprepared Facebook is to handle the 2020 election," Warren tweeted.
Throughout the speech, Zuckerberg couched Facebook’s policies as the result of moral choices rather than business decisions. “Banning political ads favors incumbents and whoever the media covers,” he said, noting the solution is to monitor who is posting the content rather than the content itself. “You can still say controversial things,” he added, “but you have to stand behind them with your real identity and face accountability.”
Zuckerberg’s comments come at a time when Facebook is under fire forand is being investigated by the Justice Department and 40 state attorneys general for . Politicians from Josh Hawley (R-MO) to Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are calling for the company to be broken up.
Warren has been on the forefront of calling out the company’s permissive ad policies, which she says have turned the company into a “disinformation-for-profit machine.” After Facebook modified its policy to exempt political ads from fact-checking, she ran an ad falsely claiming that Zuckerberg had endorsed Trump to illustrate her point.
To Zuckerberg, the fallout from Warren is the cost of defending free expression. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100 percent true.” he said. “I believe we should err on the side of greater expression.”
Zuckerberg: Facebook undergoes a "philosophical" transformation
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, reiterated Tuesday his apologies and assured US senators that the social network is trying to change following the misappropriation of data tens of millions of dollars. users, thus endeavoring to preserve its society from any stricter regulation of it.
The 33-year-old Internet mogul was auditioned for 4:30 on Tuesday by two Senate commissions, Trade and Justice, and had to speak out on a variety of topics, ranging from how Facebook handled the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential campaign on the right to privacy and incitement to hate speech.
"We are going through a great philosophical change in society," said Zuckerberg, dressed for the occasion with a dark suit and tie instead of his usual T-shirt and jeans.
The boss of Facebook has in passing disputed the fact that with its two billion users, his company is in a situation of monopoly. "It's certainly not what I feel," he said.
John Thune, chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transport, quickly went on the offensive.
"In the past, many of my colleagues, on both sides of the assembly, were willing to let technology companies do self-regulation, but that could change," he said.
Zuckerberg retorted that stricter regulation could complicate the creation of new start-ups, while acknowledging that Facebook's response was not up to the challenges.
The social network is in turmoil since a whistleblower revealed in mid-March that the data of 50 million of its users had been diverted to the benefit of Cambridge Analytica, a British cabinet of political advice having worked for Donald Trump during the last presidential campaign in the United States.
On April 4, Facebook itself has revised upwards the number of users affected, to 87 million.
Added to this are suspicions of the use of the social network by Russia to influence the US presidential election of November 2016.
Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in 2004 while at Harvard, tries to prove to its detractors that it must remain at the helm of what has become one of the largest companies on the planet.
To this end, he supported Friday a bill requiring social media to reveal the identity of buyers of online election advertising.
Facebook action ended Tuesday's session with a gain of 4.5%, the highest since April 28, 2016. However, it lost 0.2% in post-closing transactions. (with the contribution of David Ingram, David Shepardson and Amanda Becker Claude Chendjou and Wilfried Exbrayat for French service)
Zuckerberg: People should "make their own judgments" on political ads .
For the first time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are sitting down together for a network TV interview."What I believe is that in a democracy, it's really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments. And, you know, I don't think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news," Zuckerberg told "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King in his first network TV interview with his wife, Priscilla Chan.
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