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Trump and Social Media

AnBr's Photo AnBr 02 November 2019 - 04:20 PM

Given how so much of the Russian and right-wing's manipulations are via social media as well as where Twitler's texting diarrhea occurs I thought I would start a thread for it. First up, an Axios article entitled "Zuckerberg’s power to hurt Trump".

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Top Republicans are privately worried about a new threat to President Trump’s campaign: the possibility of Facebook pulling a Twitter and banning political ads.

Why it matters: Facebook says it won't, but future regulatory pressure could change that. If Facebook were to ban — or even limit — ads, it could upend Trump’s fundraising and re-election plan, GOP officials tell Axios.
  • Trump relies heavily — much more so than Democrats — on targeted Facebook ads to shape views and raise money.

Red flag: Kara Swisher, of Recode, the super plugged-in tech writer, predicted on CNBC's "Squawk Box" that Mark Zuckerberg will ultimately buckle on allowing demonstrably false political adds on Facebook: "He's going to change his mind — 100% ... [H]e's done it before."
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