Rival candidate pays Facebook to spread 'lie' Zuckerberg backs Trump

Rival candidate pays Facebook to spread 'lie' Zuckerberg backs Trump

After claiming that Zuckerberg endorsed Trump, Warren's ad later acknowledges that the claim is not true while also arguing that the tech executive has "given Donald Trump free rein to lie on his platform-and then to pay Facebook gobs of money to push out their lies to American voters". Facebook just takes the cash, no questions asked.

Facebook has been taking heat all week for its decision to allow politicians to make false statements in paid advertisements.

Warren goes on to say that Facebook holds "incredible power to affect elections and our national debate".

The ad begins with a lie Facebook's chief executive officer "just endorsed" Trump for re-election. Former Vice President Joe Biden blasted Facebook after it refused to take down a Trump campaign ad that the Biden campaign said contained false allegations.

Warren's ad targets Facebook's policy that states ads by politicians are exempt from third-party fact-checking, essentially giving candidates a possible platform to spread misinformation. "Now, they've changed their policy so they can profit from lies to the American people", she said before linking to a petition calling for Zuckerberg to be held "accountable".

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the Trump 2020 campaign spent $1.1 million on Facebook ads last week alone.

In response to a request for comment, a Facebook spokesperson told Newsweek that the company "believes political speech should be protected".

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"Our approach is grounded in Facebook's fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is", wrote Katie Harbath, the company's head of global elections policy.

"If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech", Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, said in a statement to CNN on the ads.

The Biden campaign also slammed Facebook for allowing politicians seeking reelection to disseminate "objectively false information", according to a Huffington Post report. It's a policy that the Democrat presidential candidate has repeatedly criticized.

Despite the criticism, Facebook has doubled down on its political advertising policy. "It is unacceptable for any social media company to knowingly allow deliberately misleading material to corrupt its platform". Warren has repeated criticized Facebook while campaigning, and leaked audio of a Facebook meeting in July revealed Zuckerberg promising to fight Warren's proposal to breakup the company were she elected President.

Progressives, like Warren, have warned that Facebook could easily be leveraged to help Republicans win re-election.

The Trump campaign claimed their ads were "100 percent accurate".

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