Zuckerberg Defends Policy to Allow False Political Ads, Refuses to Discuss White House Meeting

The social media monopoly’s chief remained intransigent even when presented with a joint letter signed by 200 Facebook employees, which asked him to reconsider his position as “free speech and paid speech are not the same”.

Mark Zuckerberg has defended Facebook’s decision to not vet or remove political advertising containing false information, claiming to do so would amount to censorship.

During a lengthy CBS interview, Zuckerberg dismissed the idea of changing the controversial policy, claiming in a democracy “it’s really important people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments”.

“This is clearly a very complex issue, and a lot of people have a lot of different opinions. At the end of the day, I just think that in a democracy, people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians,” he said.

— The Patriot (@thepatriot_phl) December 2, 2019