Biden campaign urges Facebook to change its policy against disinformation and political ads

In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, former Us vice president Joe Biden’s presidential campaign urged the social media giant to stop “maging up untrustworthy content” and said it allowed U.S. President Donald Trump to spread worrying and misleading information,media The Verge reported.

Biden campaign urges Facebook to change its policy against disinformation and political ads

The campaign wants Facebook to address what it calls “a threat to free and fair elections.” The list of recommendations includes examining election-related factual material, particularly “viral” transmission, and ending “allowing politicians to hide behind misinformation about paying.” The Biden campaign has called for fact-checking of all political ads before Facebook approves them in the two weeks before the November election. Finally, the campaign wants Facebook to have “clear rules — that apply to everyone, including Donald Trump — that prohibit threatening behavior and lie about how to participate in the election.” “

In response, Facebook said it would “protect political speech, even if we strongly oppose it.” Facebook responded by noting that two weeks ago, Trump issued an executive order “instructing federal agencies to prevent social media sites from engaging in activities such as fact-checking political statements.” And Biden’s petition seems to demand that it go the other way.

Biden campaign urges Facebook to change its policy against disinformation and political ads

“As they have done with the broadcast network — the U.S. government bans campaign ads for politicians — the elected representatives should make rules, and we will abide by them,” Facebook said. “

Facebook has come under fire for taking a back-and-forth of posts that appear to violate trump’s rules on his platform. Zuckerberg said on May 29that Facebook would not take any action against Trump’s posts containing comments such as “When the robbery started, the shooting started,” even after A similar post on Twitter marked “glorifi violence.” Mr Zuckerberg said Facebook’s position was that “we should use as much expression as possible unless it poses an imminent risk of specific hazards or dangers as clearly stated in the policy”.

Facebook employees protested the decision with a virtual strike, and Zuckerberg said on June 5 that the company would “censor” its policy of promoting violent remarks.

“A real change in Facebook’s policies on its platform and how they implement them is necessary to prevent a repeat of the role of disinformation in the 2016 election, which continues to threaten our democracy today,” Bill Russo, a spokesman for Biden’s campaign, said in a statement sent to The Verge. “

An analysis by The New York Times found that the Biden campaign spent about $5 million on Ads on Facebook in the first half of June and $1.6 million in a single June 4 thinly, according to Facebook records. That’s three times the Trump campaign’s Facebook spending record, according to the New York Times.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.