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7:16 am, October 10th, 2019 - 72 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, corruption, democracy under attack, facebook, Politics, Propaganda, us politics - Tags: elizabeth warren, mark zuckerburg, trump
US Senator and Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s twitter thread about Facebook and the US election:
Facebook has incredible power to affect elections and our national debate. Mark Zuckerberg is telling employees that he views a Warren administration as an “existential” threat to Facebook. The public deserves to know how Facebook intends to use their influence in this election.
For instance, Trump and Zuckerberg met at the White House two weeks ago. What did they talk about?
Trump and Zuckerberg met at the White House exactly two weeks ago. https://t.co/Cmj3y240qe— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) October 3, 2019
After that meeting, Facebook quietly changed its policies on “misinformation” in ads, allowing politicians to run ads that have already been debunked by independent, non-partisan fact-checkers. Put another way, Facebook is now okay with running political ads with known lies.
They’re allowing Trump to spend over $1 million a week right now for ads on their platform—including ones that air the same lies that TV stations won’t. Here’s an example of an ad that Facebook let Trump run despite being obviously untrue:
Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once because they were asleep at the wheel while Russia attacked our democracy—allowing fake, foreign accounts to run ad campaigns to influence our elections.
There’s no indication that Zuckerberg or Facebook executives have come to terms with the role their unpreparedness played in that successful attack, nor have they shown that they understand what needs to be done to prevent another attack in the 2020 election.
In fact, this time they’re going further by taking deliberate steps to help one candidate intentionally mislead the American people, while painting the candidacy of others (specifically: mine) as an “existential” threat. This is a serious concern for our democratic process.
We need accountability. That should start with Congress and the appropriate state authorities opening investigations and conducting hearings to make Facebook executives explain the company’s policies and practices—under oath.