The letter detailing concerns about Facebook’s detection of nefarious campaigns on its platform comes just two months before the Iowa caucuses.
The DNC said all of the campaigns appear to be commercially — rather than politically — motivated, but still “have the effect of warping the political perceptions of American voters and hurting Democratic candidates’ electoral chances.”
“It’s concerning that we’re able to uncover these terms-of-service-violating operations on a fairly regular basis, with a team far smaller than Facebook’s. Considering Facebook’s enormous financial resources and the stakes of the upcoming elections, we’d ask that you dedicate additional capacity to enforce your terms of service against these types of malicious actors,” Nanda wrote.
Facebook had no immediate comment on the specifics of the letter Tuesday, but the company has previously confirmed to CNN that it has investigated and taken action on accounts as a result of tips from the DNC.
The DNC led its letter to Sandberg with Facebook’s controversial political ad policy. The company does not fact-check ads from politicians.
“Current Facebook policy allows politicians to place demonstrable lies in front of voters via paid ads. This type of elite disinformation, from politicians many voters trust, is one of the most insidious and damaging forms of disinformation. Facebook’s advanced analytics and targeting capabilities, furthermore, allow candidates to direct disinformation at the populations most susceptible to it,” Nanda wrote.
“Banning political ads or severely inhibiting targeting capabilities on Facebook would not be in our party’s best interest nor in the best interest of promoting voter participation,” she wrote.