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Technology Mark Zuckerberg on lies in political ads: ‘I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians’

21:55  17 october  2019
21:55  17 october  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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.

Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s policy of letting politicians lie in political ads — along with free speech more broadly — in a speech today at Georgetown University. “I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians” he said.

  Mark Zuckerberg on lies in political ads: ‘I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians’ © Illustration by James Bareham / The Verge

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'

  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 for helping spread misinformation and is being investigated by the Justice Department and 40 state attorneys general for possible antitrust violations. 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: 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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