US councilmen probed Facebook’s Zuckerberg regarding the firm’s policy not to fact check political ads.
In a hearing in Washington, the social network chief was cited in granting governmental disinformation propaganda ahead of the 2020 US presidential election.
He further was helpless to affirm if hate speech from candidates running for office would be taken off the platform. Still, he did answer it was not his job to police what politicians spoke.The tech chief was arriving before the
House Financial Services Committee to resist proposals for his embattled digital currency Libra.
However, he unearthed himself under siege over the throng of other issues, including losing to hinder child exploitation on the social network and the Cambridge Analytic data scandal.
Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questioned-
“I just want to know how far I can push this… could I run ads targeting Republicans in primaries saying that they voted for the Green New Deal?”
The Green New Deal is a Democrat policy vehemently denied by most Republicans.
Mr. Zuckerberg answered the platform would take down posts from anyone, including politicians, that beckoned for violence or tried to stifle voter participation.
As for distortions, nevertheless, he stated it was not Facebook’s role to stop “people in an election from detecting that you had lied”.
In another example, Democrat Sean Casten questioned if Facebook would remove hate speech in political ads. He regarded a former member of the American Nazi Party who had run for Congress and won a Republican primary in 2018.
“Congressman, I presume that depends on a host of specifics that I’m not accustomed to this case and can’t elucidate to”- Mark Zuckerberg
“Well, that’s slightly repulsive,” replied Mr. Casten. “I don’t think that’s an obstinate question.”
The chief executive was also questioned whether Facebook would remove ads that unjustly claimed immigrants who competed in the US census would have their details shared with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Mr. Zuckerberg responded Facebook was in the means of reviewing its associated policies, reckoning that he could not hitherto announce what the “specifics” would be.