Facebook rejects Bidens request to remove false Trump ads

Mar 2012
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Gotta love social media...Ugh.

In a letter to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Facebook doubled down on its policy to allow speech from politicians to go unchecked regardless of the truthfulness of their claims.

The letter, originally obtained by The New York Times, was a response to the Biden campaign’s request for Facebook to reject or demote ads from President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that contain false claims. The Biden campaign’s original request to Facebook, addressed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and global elections policy chief Katie Harbath, pointed to an ad by the Trump campaign that contains a statement that has not been proven by evidence that the former vice president “offered Ukraine $1 billion to fire the prosecutor investigating a company affiliated with his son.”

“The allegation of corrupt motive has been demonstrated to be completely false,” the Biden campaign wrote, according to a copy of the letter posted online by a CNN reporter. The campaign said the claim should be covered by Facebook’s pledge to reject political ads with “previously debunked content.”

CNN had refused to air the ad, with a spokesperson telling NBC News last week, “it does not meet our advertising standards,” and that “the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets.” Other tech companies like Twitter and Google’s YouTube are running the Trump ad. Trump’s campaign spent over $1 million on Facebook ads in one week as it ramped up messaging against the House’s impeachment inquiry against Trump, ABC News reported.

 

Singularity

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Breaking up Facebook should be a top priority of the next administration. At a minimum, the main social network must be separated away from WhatsApp and Instagram, with the two sold off separately to new investors who contractually agree to permanently divest from the mother corporation. Zuckerberg and his cohorts can invest in the new firms and sit on their boards, but not possess a controlling stake. The same standard should apply to any other big tech conglomerate: They are allowed to do one overall thing, in this case host a social media network, but any clear expansion into a new industry must be spun off and disassociated from the main firm.

They've just got too much power. They are effectively a world power corporate state. Same goes for Amazon.
 

johnflesh

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Breaking up Facebook should be a top priority of the next administration. At a minimum, the main social network must be separated away from WhatsApp and Instagram, with the two sold off separately to new investors who contractually agree to permanently divest from the mother corporation. Zuckerberg and his cohorts can invest in the new firms and sit on their boards, but not possess a controlling stake. The same standard should apply to any other big tech conglomerate: They are allowed to do one overall thing, in this case host a social media network, but any clear expansion into a new industry must be spun off and disassociated from the main firm.

They've just got too much power. They are effectively a world power corporate state. Same goes for Amazon.
And Apple.

Well said.
 
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Singularity

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And Apple.

Well said.
Despite its greater overall size, Apple still remains a technology firm that produces software and hardware. It just produces a LOT of it.

Yet its recent expansions into banking and streaming media definitely should not be tolerated.
 
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Facebook realizes siding with a failing Democrat party associated with the Squad is bad for business. Good move Facebook. Freedom of Speech wins


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johnflesh

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Despite its greater overall size, Apple still remains a technology firm that produces software and hardware. It just produces a LOT of it.

Yet its recent expansions into banking and streaming media definitely should not be tolerated.
And is the largest seller of digital music (iTunes) since 2008.

Artists aren't all that happy with a hardware behemoth taking that title even if they work with them.
 

johnflesh

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Facebook realizes siding with a failing Democrat party associated with the Squad is bad for business. Good move Facebook. Freedom of Speech wins


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Facebook doesn't give 2 shits about freedom of speech. This isn't that at all.
 

Singularity

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And is the largest seller of digital music (iTunes) since 2008.

Artists aren't all that happy with a hardware behemoth taking that title.
They need to pick their poison. If iTunes and the like didn't exist, music would be considerably more expensive, and piracy would skyrocket.

It is these new expansions that have to be checked hard, most of all. Suddenly Apple is a bank, Facebook is a ... matchmaker. I mean come on.
 
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