Statements in advertisements: Zuckerberg defends handling of politician allegations


Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has defended the online network's decision to allow politicians to display misleading ads.

"I do not think most people want to live in a world where you can only publish things that tech companies think are 100 percent true," Zuckerberg said late on a gig at Georgetown University Thursday. "We think people need to be able to see what politicians say."

Facebook has come under criticism in the US in recent days after US President Donald Trump's camp published an advertisement denouncing Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden without any basis for corruption. Channels like CNN refused to show the clip, while Facebook let the spot spread on its platform. Senator Elizabeth Warren, another Democrat presidential candidate, then placed a post on Facebook with a misleading statement about Zuckerberg. This video remained online on Facebook.

Facebook is currently politically under pressure from all sides in the US. Democrats accuse the online network of still not doing enough to prevent false information. The Republicans, however, complain that conservative votes are suppressed. Trump's government launched a competitive investigation into the online network, adding to the pressure.

Zuckerberg also referred to China as a rising force in online services. If the rules prevail there, the public exchange would be marked by very different values, he said, referring to the Internet censorship in the country.

In his speech, Zuckerberg also criticized the successful Chinese app Tiktok and accused the operators censorship, which is felt even in the US. For example, Tiktok is unlikely to find videos on the Hong Kong protests that are omnipresent in other social media services.


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