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Warren mocks Facebook’s ‘fact-checking’ ad policy

U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren’s Democratic presidential campaign this week challenged Facebook’s policy that exempts politicians’ ads from fact-checking, by running ads on the social media platform containing the false claim that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorsed President Donald Trump’s re-election bid.

“Facebook changed their ads policy to allow politicians to run ads with known lies — explicitly turning the platform into a disinformation-for-profit machine. This week, we decided to see just how far it goes,” Ms. Warren tweeted on Saturday. “We intentionally made a Facebook ad with false claims.”

Facebook Inc’s policy has come under fire from another Democratic front-runner in the 2020 race. Former Vice-President Joe Biden blasted Facebook after it refused to take down a Trump campaign ad that the Biden campaign said contained false allegations.

The Trump ad claimed that Mr. Biden had promised Ukraine $1 billion if the country fired a prosecutor investigating a company linked to Biden’s son.

Source: thehindu.com

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