Have you ever wondered why Facebook doesn’t do much to police user content? I know why. Have you ever wondered why Facebook doesn’t do much to police advertising? I know why.
So does Casey Newton:
Last week, Facebook said it had changed its advertising policies to exempt politicians and political parties from rules banning misinformation. As a result, candidates are now free to lie in their ads, and some of them are already doing so
I wonder which one?
Elizabeth Warren, whose campaign has been energized by our report from earlier this month that Mark Zuckerberg intended to “go to the mat” to prevent Facebook from being broken up, seized upon the policy change and called the company’s bluff — buying an ad that said, erroneously, that Zuckerberg had endorsed Trump in the 2020 election. (The ad goes on to say that Warren is fibbing to make a point.)
Why does Facebook allow such lies?