More than 40 protesters stood outside Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s Tudor-style home in San Francisco to send a loud message to him to protest against political ads that contain lies,media reported. They held up colorful signs that read with the eye-catching words: “Wake up, Zach!” Or slogans such as “Facebook breaks democracy.”
The nearly hour-long protest on Presidents Day was a reminder that criticism of Facebook continues. In the run-up to the 2020 U.S. election, russian cyber hooligans have become a top concern in the country for using Facebook to spread divisive rhetoric and false information among Americans. Despite questions from lawmakers and celebrities, the global social networking company insisted on not sending ads to third-party fact-checkers ads for politicians. Zuckerberg has repeatedly defended Facebook’s non-interference in political advertising, saying people should judge politicians’ comments.
Protesters also want the social network to stop allowing politicians to target specific groups of users, and demand that those who try to disrupt the election be prevented from using the social network. Google is understood to have restricted the micro-targeting of political ads, and Twitter has announced a ban on political advertising.
In addition, some protesters have called on the government to end Facebook’s Instagram and WhatsApp services and demand that Zuckerberg step down. One protester said via a megaphone that he wanted San Francisco General Hospital to remove Zuckerberg’s name. There have also been accusations that the Facebook co-founder met with President Donald Trump.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
San Francisco resident Andrea Buff says she’s had enough of Facebook.
“I’m really worried that Facebook will be used to sabotage the election, and Mark Zuckerberg has made it clear that he’s not taking us seriously,” she said. “
While Facebook has cleared a large number of fake accounts and worked with third-party fact-checkers since the 2016 election, critics say these efforts are far from enough. Social network Facebook has rejected a request by Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to remove misinformation ads from Mr. Trump’s presidential campaign, adding to criticism of Facebook’s political advertising policies.
Monday’s protest was organized by advocacy groups such as Global Exchange and Media Alliance.