The story.Facebook won’t stop the spread of fake news . This means: “as long as you pay me, I will publish your ad, even if it’s a lie”. However, it would add greater transparency and a feature that allows users to see fewer political issue ads in their news feeds.
What is this all about? Facebook refused to take down an ad run by Trump’s campaign that made false claims about former VP Joe Biden, his son, and their activities in Ukraine. Remember: the false conspiracy at the center of the impeachment.
Critics. Many Democrats and many people believe that this is very bad and that not allowing for paid disinformation is one of the most basic, ethical decisions a company can make. As a result, TikTok and Twitter decided to ban all political ads from their platforms.
Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg response.
I believe in the power of unfettered speech and I don’t want to be in the position to police what politicians can and cannot say. Decisions about political ads shouldn’t be made by private companies.
Also, Donald Trump supported Mark’s decision not to interfere in targeting ads or to set fact-checking standards. Btw, Trump already spent more than $27 million on the platform.
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