Facebook employees appeal to Zuckerburg

Gina Conforti, Staff Reporter

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Facebook employees have decided to write a letter to chief executive Mark Zuckerberg,who recently announced that the platform would allow politicians to advertise false claims. They are calling this move a threat to what FBI stands for.

“We strongly object to this policy as it stands,”  the open letter read, according to the New York Times, which obtained a copy on Tuesday.

This open letter was signed by more than 250 employees after being posted on the company’s internal software programme called Facebook Workplace 2 weeks ago.

They expressed concern that Facebook is supposedly “on track to undo the great strides its product teams have made in integrated over the last two years.”

The letter follows a decision made by the platform’s top executives to make sure to not fact check any political advertising and sharp criticism from 2020 Democratic candidates, which includes Elizabeth Warren.

Zuckerberg is afraid that Elizabeth Warren will win.

“Warren will ruin Facebook’s destiny.” Zuckerberg says.

He believes that Facebook has the potential to advance to so much more in the future and Warren winning will ruin this process. Warren has stated that she believes Facebook is a monopoly that needs to be broken up.

“Antitrust is an existential threat to Facebook because it rejects the notion that what’s good for Facebook is not good for society,” he claims.

 

However if, for example. Facebook was forced to spin of Instagram or whats app, it would still be the largest and most powerful social network.

“So you have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks the right answer is to break up the companies, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge.”

The open letter speaks about Facebook’s decision to allow politicians to advertise false information “does not protect voices,” the letter read, “but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believes that content posted by political figures is trustworthy.¨

”The Facebook workers called for specific changes including holding political ads to the same standards as other advertisements, stronger design measures, and restricting targeting for political ads.¨

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