SIGN NOW: Congress must investigate Facebook’s role in the right-wing disinformation machine
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had at least two secret meetings with Donald Trump in the runup to the 2020 election―and the American people need to know what they’re discussing.
It’s up to Congress to get to the bottom of Facebook’s role in the right-wing disinformation machine.
Facebook was at the center of foreign interference in the 2016 election, pushing false stories in front of millions of people.
Since Trump took office, Zuckerberg has talked a big game about protecting its users ahead of the 2020 election. But Facebook’s actions speak louder than his words:
Facebook is allowing ads on its network to contain outright lies1
Facebook is relying on partisan so-called fact-checkers like the Daily Caller and Breitbart.com to flag misleading posts, even though they are some of the worst offenders.2
Facebook’s opaque enforcement measures have indiscriminately punished left-wing organizing while boosting right-wing sites like the Daily Wire3
Facebook accepted more than $1 million per month from the Trump campaign to run false advertisements, including contests that no one wins.4
Facebook has repeatedly allowed hate speech to fester on its platform, in certain cases resulting in its playing an active role in genocide.5
Facebook ads place no parameters on hate speech, allowing parties to target and mobilize groups as violent as “jew haters”.6
In fact, Facebook itself has admitted to “the ugly” truth: that the platform serves to connect people at the expense of everything else; sometimes even at the expense of human lives. 7
We can’t have a fair Presidential election next year if Facebook is putting its thumb on the scale for Republicans. And we can’t afford a repeat of 2016.
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Investigate Facebook’s role in the right-wing disinformation machine. The American people deserve to know the details of Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump’s secret meetings, and a level playing field for political content in 2020.