Published: Wed, December 04, 2019

UK Conservatives ramp up Facebook election ads

UK Conservatives ramp up Facebook election ads

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg defended the decision to allow false political ads to remain on the social media site, saying the company shouldn't be in the censorship business. "And, you know, I don't think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news", Zuckerberg said Monday on "CBS This Morning".

The dinner included the Facebook board member Peter Thiel - the investor and entrepreneur who cofounded PayPal and Palantir and who supports Trump.

Between Facebook's official policy and Zuckerberg's repeated, impassioned defense of the policy, Facebook's CEO comes across as a true believer in the importance of political transparency.

Requested in relation to the letter via the CBS meeting, Zuckerberg mentioned "this is clearly a very complex issue".

Facebook has deleted a Conservative election ad that used BBC News footage because it infringed the corporation's intellectual property (IP) rights.

The framing of King's question-that Zuckerberg, not Trump, was the one at the dinner being lobbied-was notable to Financial Times reporter Kadhim Shubber.


The advert, along with two others, was removed so it is no longer visible online and a message reads: "This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook's intellectual property policies".

The BBC asked the Tories to take the ad down, only to be rebuffed.

King also asked Zuckerberg about his dinner with President Donald Trump at the White House three weeks ago and whether Trump was lobbying him against banning political advertisements. "No ..." I mean. we talked about a number of things that were - that were on his mind. "And some of the topics that you'd read about in the news around our work".

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is being lashed again - and for the same reason, he was criticized profusely during the previous U.S. election campaign.

Pressed by King on whether that should be applied to ads containing false information, Zuckerberg repeated, "I think that people should be able to judge for themselves the character of politicians". I mean, I don't think that that's ...

"There is no doubt that there are real issues we need to continue working on", he said, adding, "I think it's important not only to lose sight of the huge good that can be done by bringing people together and build a community". "I also want to respect that it was a private dinner with private discussion".

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