Warren slams Zuckerberg's speech and political advertising policy

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate (L), and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO.

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Promising Democratic presidency Elizabeth Warren took another shot at Mark Zuckerberg, accusing the Facebook CEO of helping Donald Trump win the presidential election in 2016 and helping his re-election to profit.

"Facebook is actively helping Trump spread lies and misinformation," the Massachusetts senator tweeted on Thursday, adding that Facebook is "unprepared" to face the 2020 elections.

Warren presented his latest attack after Zuckerberg delivered a speech on free expression. In his speech at Georgetown University, Zuckerberg defended his decision to fail on the side of allowing more talk on Facebook, rather than less, even though the company was attacked by both political parties for the types of content it hosts. Facebook has been criticized for what it does and does not verify the facts on its platform, and conservatives have complained that Facebook represses their voices.

Political advertisements have been critical to Facebook in the last few weeks after the company stated that it will not remove or check for false advertisements placed by politicians in response to a request by Joe Biden's presidential campaign to remove an announcement with unsubstantiated claims from Trump. Zuckerberg said in the speech that he went so far as to consider eliminating political publicity, but said he would still leave ambiguity about where to draw the line.

"There is much more publicity about problems than about elections. Do we forbid advertising on health care, immigration or women's empowerment?" churches. "If you do not prohibit them, does it really make sense to give voice to everyone else in political debates except for the candidates themselves?"

Warren had previously attacked politics and deliberately placed his own ad, falsely claiming that Zuckerberg endorsed Trump to test to what extent Facebook would adopt its own rules. In response, a Facebook spokesman previously told CNBC, "If Senator Warren wants to say things that he knows to be false, we believe that Facebook shouldn't be able to censor that speech."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Warren's latest tweets.

Publicly, Zuckerberg appeared mostly unstoppable in front of Warren's calls to dissolve his company. But now there is evidence that he sees his campaign as a threat, after a leaked recording of his meeting with the employees heard him acknowledge that Facebook would probably face "a legal challenge" under his administration, even though he said he would bet that Facebook would win.

Last week, Warren took another step to distance himself from the technology giants by pledging to reject contributions of over $ 200 from Big Tech executives. He has also sworn substantial donations from executives from large banks, private equity companies or hedge funds after previously promising to deny the same from pharmaceutical and fossil fuel executives.

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