Facebook has been a common topic of conversation during the Democratic nomination race. Elizabeth Warren, in particular, has threatened to take the company down, drawing the ire of its founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
Bernie Sanders is another Democrat who has often discussed Facebook and the responsibility the company has to its users. During a Saturday rally in Queens, New York, Sanders ally Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted both Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook.
The New York congresswoman began by saying, “The future, and our future, is in public systems, and it’s in publicly owned systems, because we need to take power over our lives again. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Mark Zuckerberg making decisions over my life.”
Ocasio-Cortez was referencing the decision by Facebook to not pull down Trump campaign ads with false information. Elizabeth Warren later trolled Zuckerberg by purchasing and posting fake campaign ads to the website.
Zuckerman defended the move by claiming, “I don’t think it’s right for platforms to censor politicians or the news in a democracy. And we’re not an outlier here. The other major internet platforms and the vast majority of media also run these same ads.”
AOC closed her ringing endorsement of Sanders saying:
“We need a United States that really, truly, and authentically is operated, owned, and decided by working and all people in the United States of America. t is multiracial, multi-gendered, multi-generational, and multi-geographic. We have to come together, not ignoring our differences, but listening to them, prioritizing them, understanding injustice, understanding that we operate in a context where slavery evolved into Jim Crow, involved into mass incarceration, evolved into the realities we have today.”
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