Zuckerberg Defends Facebook’s Political Ad Policy, Says Americans Should ‘Judge for Themselves’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is defending his company’s political advertisement policy that allows politicians not to be fact-checked.

In an interview with CBS that aired on Monday, Zuckerberg was asked by “This Morning” co-host Gayle King about the social platform not taking down advertisements that “people know are false.”

In defense of his company’s policy, Zuckerberg responded, “What I believe is that in a democracy, it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments. And, you know, I don’t think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news.”

Zuckerberg’s employees — roughly 200 of them — previously signed a letter to the CEO and other leaders at Facebook pushing back on the policy. Part of the letter reads:

“We want to raise our concerns before it’s too late. Free speech and paid speech are not the same thing. Misinformation affects us all. Our current policies on fact checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for. We strongly object to this policy as it stands. It doesn’t protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy.”

After the CBS host noted the letter, Zuckerberg said, “Well, this is clearly a very complex issue, and a lot of people have a lot of different opinions.”

He continued, “At the end of the day, I just think that in a democracy, people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying.”

Watch Zuckerberg’s interview below:

Facebook’s policy surrounding political advertisements states, “Posts and ads from politicians are generally not subjected to fact-checking.”

In answering as to why politicians aren’t subjected to fact-checking, Facebook says, “Just as critically, by limiting political speech we would leave people less informed about what their elected officials are saying and leave politicians less accountable for their words.”

While Facebook continues to allow political advertisements, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has brought all political advertisements to a halt on that social media platform.

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General Confusion
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“The Daily Caller has been fact checked and were found somewhat right or mostly wrong, %44 of the time. Check out the Pew Research page to find out.” Allen Zabel You seem confused about my point. Why would Facebook hire D.C. to do the fact-checking if D.C. were so bad at getting facts right? Because FB themselves has been compromized by right-wing interests. “FOXNEWS tells the most fibs, with CNN, MSNBC, NBC and CBS, not far behind. Four to one? But there is no bias?” Allen Zabel That is just a confusing mess. There is very little liberal bias in… Read more »

Allen Zabel
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If you pay to put false information on his website. It’s okay.
But, if you put false info out there without paying?
It’s a violation.
Funny how that works.

William
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I am all for letting the public judge what is truth, I just hope Zuckerberg remembers that when a conservative makes a statement that him and his lefty friends don’t like.

General Confusion
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“Unfortunately most of the so called “fact checkers” are biased and lie for the left.” Kathleen

You are confused, Kathleen. Facebook have been compromized by MANY meetings with right-wing organizations and advisors. This is what they DO to keep right-wing ideology in the headlines and in control of the media outlets themselves.

For example, the Atlantic Council advised them of foreign propaganda and even that bastion of right-wing ideology, the Daily Caller, fact checks for them.

This trope that the media is “leftie” is nonsense conjured up by conservatives to confuse you. It’s also a lie.

Craig
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I think Trump put the squeeze on him. Zuckie, you’re a platform. You have the right not to vouch for the truth or falsity of what is posted or advertised. You have the right to post that everywhere. We are old enough to discern the truth from fiction.

Cat
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Cat

Freedom of speech is ok…but i believe politicians should be fact checked, due to liberals and lying.

Mark Simmons
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Now that sounds more like the Mark Zuckerberg I knew when he was a young man just getting Facebook going. Back then he was vehemently against any censoring of speech on his platform. Of course, at that time he hadn’t really wrestled with advertising policy, because he was still clinging to the idea that Facebook wouldn’t have ads. But the overarching principle of free speech was very much there.

Jeff Simmons
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Jeff Simmons

Does anyone really believe something that they read on Facebook especially if it involves news or politics.I personally have a policy of not believing anything newsworthy or political unless I can verify it with three sources or see a video with whoever the news is about either making the quote or acknowledging the fact

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