Courtesy of YouTube:
In an exclusive interview with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg defended the social media platform’s policies on political ads containing falsehoods. “It is more important to be understood than it is to be liked,” Zuckerberg says.
During the interview Zuckerberg suggests that Facebook does not have to “censor” political ads because Facebook users will fact check them on their own.
But what we have learned repeatedly is that people do not diligently fact check the things they read on Facebook, which has lead to the rise in the anti-vaxxer movement, the ability for foreign governments to impact our election process, and for a plethora of conspiracy theories to spread like wildfire all across social media.
If people will not protect themselves from false information it is up to those who control the social media platform to do it on their behalf.
Unless of course they themselves are somehow benefiting from the spread of misinformation.
Do you know who else benefits from Facebook?
Pete Buttigieg, that’s who.
Courtesy of the New York Post:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife privately recommended several potential staffers to Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s campaign — two of whom have been hired, according to a new report.
The social media honcho sent multiple emails to Mike Schmuhl, Buttigieg’s campaign manager, listing people that he thought would be a good fit for the team, campaign spokesman Chris Meagher told Bloomberg News Monday.
Zuckerberg’s wife, Priscilla Chan, also emailed various recommendations to Schmuhl, according to Meager.
The two recommended employees that now have staff positions are Eric Mayefsky, senior digital analytics adviser, and Nina Wornhoff, organizing data manager, Bloomberg reported.
Well that’s a little troubling, especially since Buttigieg went after Elizabeth Warren, a frequent Facebook critic, rather hard during the last debate.
Man, this is going to break my daughter’s heart.
She is a big fan of “Mayor Pete.”