Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.Chesnot | Getty ImagesIn a letter to Joe Biden's presidential campaign, Facebook doubled down on its polic
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
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In a letter to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, Facebook doubled down on its policy to allow speech from politicians to go unchecked regardless of the truthfulness of their claims.
The letter, originally obtained by The New York Times, was a response to the Biden campaign’s request for Facebook to reject or demote ads from President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign that have not been backed by evidence. The Biden campaign’s original request to Facebook, addressed to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and global elections policy chief Katie Harbath, pointed to an ad by the Trump campaign that contains a statement that has not been proven by evidence that the former vice president “offered Ukraine $1 billion to fire the prosecutor investigating a company affiliated with his son.”
“The allegation of corrupt motive has been demonstrated to be completely false,” the Biden campaign wrote, according to a copy of the letter posted online by a CNN reporter. The campaign said the claim should be covered by Facebook’s pledge to reject political ads with “previously debunked content.”
CNN had refused to air the ad, with a spokesperson telling NBC News last week, that “it does not meet our advertising standards,” and that “the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets.”