Sen. Warner asks Mark Zuckerberg to reconsider Facebook’s policy that allows false political ads

10.29.19 · CNBC

Mark Zuckerberg has left D.C., but politicians want more from him.

Sen. Mark Warner wants sent a letter to the Facebook CEO late Monday asking him to reconsider his company’s policy that allows politicians and elected officials to run false and misleading paid advertisements on the platform.

“While Facebook’s advertising rules have long prohibited ads with ‘deceptive, false, or misleading content’ — relying on its ‘third-party fact-checkers’ to identify violations of these policies — Facebook subsequently revised these rules to exempt political ads run by politicians through a policy that withholds such ads from third-party fact-checker review,” Warner wrote in the letter.

The Virginia Democrat went on to criticize Facebook’s protection by the Communications Act, which Warner said prohibits national broadcasters from rejecting or modifying qualified federal candidates’ ads, regardless of their accuracy. The senator argued that Facebook should hold itself to the same standard as broadcasters, specifically citing CNN.

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