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#1 AnBr

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Posted 26 October 2019 - 09:24 AM

Policy challenged by false claim Republican Graham backs Green New Deal

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A left-leaning political group is challenging Facebook’s policy not to fact-check some political ads by running a spot that falsely claims Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has endorsed the Green New Deal, a plan by prominent Democrats.

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has come under fire in recent weeks over its decision to not fact-check ads run by politicians. The new ad comes days after Green New Deal champion Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on whether his site would allow such an ad.

“Could I run ads targeting Republicans in primaries saying that they voted for the Green New Deal?,” Ocasio-Cortez asked the tech executive at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

“Congresswoman, I don’t know the answer to that off the top of my head,” Zuckerberg replied. “I think probably.”

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Posted 29 June 2020 - 01:17 PM

It will be interesting to see whether this movement gains major league traction such that FB gets more pro-active, or much of this is for show and things will all blow over in a month.

From the first article:

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Coca-Cola will suspend advertising on social media globally for at least 30 days, as pressure builds on platforms to crack down on hate speech.
"There is no place for racism in the world and there is no place for racism on social media," the drinks maker's chairman and CEO James Quincey said.
He demanded "greater accountability and transparency" from social media firms.


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The Stop Hate for Profit campaign is the latest movement to use boycott as a political tool. It claims that Facebook doesn't do enough to remove racist and hateful content from its platform.
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In some ways Facebook looks like a good choice of company to lobby. The structure of Facebook gives Mark Zuckerberg a huge amount of power to affect change. If he wants something, he'll get it. ...
But the reverse is also true. Shareholders aren't able to put pressure on Mr Zuckerberg in the same way as other companies. If he doesn't want to act, he won't.

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