Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y., asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company's compound policies involving false information in political ads during a congressional hearing Wednesday.
Earlier this month, Facebook said it would allow politicians to advertise on its social networks, even if they include false information, but this week the company said it would not allow anyone to run any content that could cause voter suppression.
Ocasio-Cortez used his time during the hearing to emphasize the complexity and confusing nature of Facebook's new guidelines.
"Could I pay to target mostly black postcodes and advertise them the wrong election date?" Ocasio-Cortez asked.
"No, Congresswoman, you couldn't," Zuckerberg replied. "We even have this policy around the newsworthiness of content that politicians say and the general principle -"
"But you said you are not going to fact check my ads?" Asked Ocasio-Cortez.
Later, Ocasio-Cortez drove her point further by asking if she could publish ads with false information about the Green Green Deal.
and said they voted for the Green New Deal? I mean, if you're not fact-checking political ads, I'm just trying to understand the limits here, "she said." What is fair game?
"Congresswoman, I don't know the answer to that out of my head," Zuckerberg replied.
"So you don't know if I will be able to do that?" Ocasio-Cortez asked.
"I think enough," Zuckerberg said.
"Do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact checking of political advertising?" She said.
"Well, Congresswoman, I think it's bad to lie, and I think if you published an ad that had a lie that would be bad," Zuckerberg said. "It's different than it's in our position the right thing to do to prevent voters or people in a poll from seeing you lied. "
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