Facebook: misinformation about the price of free expression


Mark Zuckerberg defended Facebook's policy of letting politicians run political ads, along with the right to freedom of expression in a speech that he gave at Georgetown University.

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I don't think it's right for a private company to censor politicians.

Zuckerberg's speech, which was a cry of protest for the First Amendment at a time when expression rights are under siege worldwide, acknowledged the fact that Facebook was gaining in misinformation, and said the company had decided to allow it. inaccurate ad stay on the platform:

Given the sensitivity around political ads, I've thought about whether we should stop them altogether. From a business point of view, the controversy is certainly not worth the small part of the profit they make to our business. But political ads are an important part of the expression - especially for local candidates, challengers and different advocacy groups that may not get the attention they need from the other media.

Throughout his speech, Zuckerberg has put forward Facebook's policies as a result of moral choices and not as business decisions.

"The ban on political ads favors the established and whoever the media covers," he said, noting that the solution is to track who is publishing the content and not the content itself.

You can view controversial things, but you need to support them with your real identity and take responsibility.

Zuckerberg's comments come at a time when Facebook faces very serious problems in disseminating misinformation. The largest social network is currently being investigated by the Ministry of Justice and 40 Attorneys General for possible antitrust violations. Politicians Josh Hawley and Elizabeth Warren have called for the company to be dissolved.

Warren calls for a policy change for the political advertisements run by the platform as it says they have turned it into a "profit-making machine".

For Zuckerberg the phenomenon is nothing more than the cost of free expression.

I don't think people want to live in a world where we can only publish things that technology companies consider to be 100 percent true. I believe that there should also be misinformation for more free expression.

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