Warren campaign challenges Facebook ad policy with 'false' Zuckerberg ad

Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad

Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad

According to Facebook's ad library, the first paid post went up Thursday and more than a dozen identical ones followed Friday, each garnering tens of thousands of impressions.

Warren has targeted Facebook in recent days, saying that a loophole in its policy permits President Trump's campaign to run untruthful ads - including ones about former Vice President Joe Biden and his son - while Zuckerberg continues taking "gobs of money".

Last week, leaked audio was published from an internal Facebook meeting from July in which Zuckerberg could be heard telling staff the company would fight Warren's proposal to split up Facebook if she were elected president.

In a letter to the Biden campaign, seen by Reuters, Facebook said that claims made in politicians' ads were considered their direct speech and therefore ineligible for its third-party fact-checking program. She shot back: "What would really "suck" is if we don't fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy".

Warren's new Facebook ad seeks to test the limits of the platform's permissive disinformation policies.

Warren, who campaigns on breaking up big tech companies like Facebook and Google because they have an outsized influence, tweeted on Saturday that the fake ad was created to see "just how far" Facebook's policy would let her campaign go.

While some TV networks have recently refused to run Trump ads with demonstrable inaccuracies, Facebook says it "not our role to intervene when politicians speak", according to Nick Clegg, the company's vice president of global affairs and communications. "But Facebook just cashes Trump's checks", she said.

"Now, they've changed their policy so they can profit from lies to the American people".

The Trump campaign is now spending $1 million a *week* on ads including ones containing known lies-ads that TV stations refuse to air because they're false.

Despite the criticism, Facebook has doubled down on its political advertising policy.

There's no love lost between the MA senator and the social media giant.

"If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech", the spokesperson added.

In a series of tweets Saturday morning, Warren explained further that her ad was meant "to see just how far" Facebook's policy goes.

Steve Guest, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, blasted the Democrat's ad as a "political stunt" and said it "won't distract from Warren's primary goal: giving government the control of your health care and hiking everyone's taxes to pay for it".

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