Zuckerberg Defends Facebook's Political Ad Policy, Says Americans Should 'Judge for Themselves'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is defending his company’s political advertisement policy that allows politicians not to be fact-checked.

In an interview with CBS that aired on Monday, Zuckerberg was asked by “This Morning” co-host Gayle King about the social platform not taking down advertisements that “people know are false.”

In defense of his company’s policy, Zuckerberg responded, “What I believe is that in a democracy, it’s really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments. And, you know, I don’t think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news.”

Zuckerberg’s employees — roughly 200 of them — previously signed a letter to the CEO and other leaders at Facebook pushing back on the policy. Part of the letter reads:

“We want to raise our concerns before it’s too late. Free speech and paid speech are not the same thing. Misinformation affects us all. Our current policies on fact checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for. We strongly object to this policy as it stands. It doesn’t protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy.”

After the CBS host noted the letter, Zuckerberg said, “Well, this is clearly a very complex issue, and a lot of people have a lot of different opinions.”

He continued, “At the end of the day, I just think that in a democracy, people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying.”

Watch Zuckerberg’s interview below:

Facebook’s policy surrounding political advertisements states, “Posts and ads from politicians are generally not subjected to fact-checking.”

In answering as to why politicians aren’t subjected to fact-checking, Facebook says, “Just as critically, by limiting political speech we would leave people less informed about what their elected officials are saying and leave politicians less accountable for their words.”

While Facebook continues to allow political advertisements, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has brought all political advertisements to a halt on that social media platform.

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