Facebook’s struggles to keep fake information out of the platform have been well documented over last couple of years. Few days earlier Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the social network won’t stop politicians from creating fake advertisements as the company won’t influence freedom of speech. However, in a recent letter to the company executives by more than 250 people (via New York Times https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/28/technology/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-letter.html ), the employees objected Facebook’s decision.
The letter said, “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.”
As a result, the employees have urged the executives to restrict how politicians are able to target potential voters going forward.
This latest uproar comes after vice president of communications Nick Clegg attempted to explain why the company would not fact check political ads back in September. At the time, several politicians expressed their concerns regarding how the advertisements might be used to mislead citizens. Earlier last week, the social network took down a false advertisement that claimed the Republican senator Lindsey Graham supported the Green New Deal.
At the time, Facebook clarified that third-party political organizations cannot run such ads. However, one of Facebook’s fact checking partner, Lead Stories revealed that since political ads from individuals do not go to Facebook’s partners to fact check, these ads cannot be verified by third party organizations.