Headline October 25, 2019/ '' 'SENATOR* WARREN'S FACEBOOK' ''



SENATOR ELIZABETH WARREN is playing a game of dare with Facebook.

The Democratic presidential candidate bought a political ad on the social network recently that purposefully includes false claims about Facebook's chief executive - Mark Zuckerberg and President Trump to goad the social network to remove misinformation in political ads ahead of 2020 presidential election.

The ad, placed widely on Facebook beginning on Thursday, starts with Ms. Warren announcing ''Breaking news.'' It then goes on to say that Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg are backing the re-election of Trump.

Neither Mr. Zuckerberg nor the Silicone Valley company has announced their support of a candidate.

''You're probably shocked, and you might be thinking, 'How could this possibly be true?' 'Well, it's not,'' Ms. Warren says in the ad.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Ms. Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, said she had deliberately made an ad with lies because Facebook had previously allowed politicians to place ads with false claims.

''We decided to see just how far it goes,'' Ms. Warren wrote, calling Facebook a ''disinformation-for-profit machine'' and adding that Mr. Zuckerberg should be held accountable.

Ms. Warrens actions follow a brouhaha over Facebook and political ads in recent weeks. Mr. Trump's campaign recently brought ads across social media that accused another Democratic candidate, Joseph R. Biden Jr of corruption in Ukraine.

That ad viewed more than 5 million times on Facebook falsely said that Mr. Biden offered $1 billion to Ukrainian officials to remove a prosecutor who had been overseeing an inquiry into a company associated with Mr. Biden's son Hunter Biden.

Last week, the Biden campaign demanded that Facebook, Twitter and YouTube take down the ad.

Facebook refused, telling the campaign that it would keep the Trump ad up because of its belief that statements by politicians add to important discourse and are newsworthy, even if they are false. Twitter and YouTube have also kept the ad online.

Ms. Warren's false ad on Facebook is now set to escalate her growing feud with the world's biggest social network.

Ms. Warren has turned into a vocal critic of companies and their power. She has also called for behemoths like Facebook and Google to be broken up.

In a leaked audio recording published this month of a meeting that Mr. Zuckerberg had with Facebook employees, he was heard saying that Facebook would sue if Ms. Warren were to enact the breakup plan as president.

In response, Ms. Warren doubled down, saying the America needed to ''fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy.''

This month, Ms. Warren's campaign also sent an email seeking donations with the subject line ''re: Mark Zuckerberg.'' And at a rally in San Diego, as she talked about the power of huge corporations, she told the crowd, ''Break them up. And yes, Mark Zuckerberg, I'm looking at you.''

For Facebook, the situation is tricky.

The social media company has struggled in recent years with what to allow and disallow on its site, especially after revelations that Russian operatives used the platform during the 2016 presidential election to post disinformation to inflame the American electorate.

Facebook has moved to clamp-down on false content. Yet when the company removes or buries messages, ads, photos, an videos, it is often called out for bias and censorship.

Facebook has faced particular wrath from the conservatives, who have said the social network intentionally oppresses what they say.

''Facebook believes political speech should be protected,'' a spokesman for Facebook said last Saturday.

If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech.''

The Honor and Serving of the latest Global Operational Research on Facebook and Elections, continues. The World Students Society thanks authors Cecilia Kang and Thomas Kaplan.

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