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Facebook lets Trump lie at will

Facebook lets Trump lie at will

Trump and Facebook

Facebook has denied a request from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to remove a false video advertisement posted by President Trump’s campaign. The refusal comes weeks after Facebook changed its policies and decided to allow advertisements pushing misinformation from Trump and other political figures.

According to The New York Times, Biden’s campaign sent a request to Facebook asking the company to remove a Trump campaign advertisement that falsely suggested the vice president had offered Ukraine $1 billion in aid to fire a prosecutor investigating a company tied to his son. On Tuesday, Facebook refused to take the ad down, responding, “Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression” and “respect for the democratic process.”

In September, Facebook changed its policies to no longer prohibit ads that include “deceptive, false, or misleading content, including deceptive claims, offers, or methods.” Additionally, Facebook said that “ads from political candidates are ineligible for fact-checking.”

Even before the policy tweak, the Trump campaign had repeatedly posted false and misleading Facebook ads, along with ads using “invasion” rhetoric invoked by white nationalists, even though Facebook’s policies prohibit “violent” or “dehumanizing” attacks against a group of people based on immigration status.

Along with the issue of misinformation proliferating in its ads, the platform continues to struggle with detecting and removing propaganda and other misinformationincluding from foreign actors such as Russia. These current challenges add to Facebook’s history of problems with privacy, fake news, civil rights, and more.

https://www.mediamatters.org/facebook/facebook-refused-take-down-false-trump-ad-after-request-bidens-campaign

 

A web of totalitarian control which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined

George Soros Launched a Scathing Attack On Google And Facebook

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“They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near- monopoly distributors makes them public utilities,” the philanthropist said at a dinner on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Soros also denounced President Donald Trump, whom he accused of trying to establish a “mafia state.”

 

DAVOS, Switzerland — The financier and philanthropist George Soros joined the rising attacks on Facebook and Google Thursday night, calling for “more stringent regulations” on the tech giants.

Soros referred to the companies as a “menace” and denounced “the rise and monopolistic behavior of the giant IT platform companies,” which he described as “ever more powerful monopolies,” hurting competitors and societies alike.

Soros — one of the world’s largest philanthropists — adds a key voice to a growing set of calls to rein in the giant tech companies, which are struggling to respond to a rising tide of public criticism.

“They claim they are merely distributing information. But the fact that they are near- monopoly distributors makes them public utilities and should subject them to more stringent regulations, aimed at preserving competition, innovation, and fair and open universal access,” he said.

Soros also compared the companies to casinos, saying they “deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide.”

Soros warned that these companies would likely “compromise themselves” to enter the Chinese market.

“There could be an alliance between authoritarian states and these large, data-rich IT monopolies that would bring together nascent systems of corporate surveillance with an already developed system of state-sponsored surveillance,” he said. “This may well result in a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined.”

Soros also denounced President Donald Trump, whom he accused of trying to establish a “mafia state.”

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Ben Smith is the editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed