In an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, his employees ask him to hold political ads to the same standard as regular ones
Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a less-than-stellar performance in Congress. In an appearance before the House Financial Services Committee, Zuckerberg answered questions about Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency project—Libra—but legislators also grilled him on his social media platform’s policies on political advertising, Cambridge Analytica, diversity, and other issues with the company at large.
In one viral exchange, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tried to get a straight yes or no from Zuckerberg on whether Facebook would take down ads that overtly lied—Zuckerberg never gave a direct answer.
Legislators had a great deal of skepticism over Zuckerberg’s claims that the veneration of free speech keeps Facebook from taking down political ads with outright lies. It turns out, staffers in Facebook’s 35,000 workforce are also skeptical—some enough to go public against their bosses. According to the New York Times, more than 250 employees signed a letter to Zuckerberg and other top executives at the company, asking them to adhere to Facebook’s own rules for conventional advertisers when assessing political ads.
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