Earlier this month, Facebook was criticized for allowing Donald Trump’s campaign to post an ad with false information about Joe Biden. Company founder Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook’s refusal to take the ad down by saying they didn’t want to censor political speech.
Hillary Clinton and her 2016 Presidential campaign were significantly affected by easily accessible “fake news” found all over the social media site. On Wednesday, she hit back at Facebook saying that the company’s new ad policy is “appalling.”
The former Secretary of State posted on Twitter, “Facebook’s decision to allow false information in political advertisements is appalling. Voters are being confronted by millions of pieces of misinformation. A world where up is down and down is up is a world where democracy can’t thrive.”
Facebook's decision to allow false information in political advertisements is appalling.
Voters are being confronted by millions of pieces of misinformation.
A world where up is down and down is up is a world where democracy can't thrive.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 30, 2019
Facebook has become a popular talking point for Democratic candidates, especially Elizabeth Warren. The Massachusetts senator wrote of companies like Facebook:
“Today’s big tech companies have too much power—too much power over our economy, our society and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”
Mark Zuckerberg took exception to Warren’s words and reportedly said in a meeting:
“There might be a political movement where people are angry at the tech companies or are worried about concentration or worried about different issues and worried that they’re not being handled well. That doesn’t mean that, even if there’s anger and that you have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies. I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.