"They've chose to let political figures lie to you-even about Facebook itself-while their executives and their investors get even richer off the ads containing these lies", she continued.
"You're probably shocked, and you might be thinking". According to Facebook's ad library, the first paid post went up Thursday and more than a dozen identical ones followed Friday, each garnering tens of thousands of impressions. "Once again, we're seeing Facebook throw its hands up to battling misinformation in the political discourse, because when profit comes up against protecting democracy, Facebook chooses profit".
And it did. Warren's ads specifically make false statements about Facebook and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. He also described her antitrust proposal as an "existential" threat and said it would "suck for us".More news: Becky Lynch vs. Sasha Banks With Draft Stakes Set For WWE RAW
"Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election", the ad states.
"This decision, put into place past year, has sparked a sharp backlash this week among Democrats, who complain that it gives President Trump free rein to use major social media platforms as disinformation machines", the Post notes, referencing Warren's ad as well as former Vice President Joe Biden's recent request that Facebook remove a dishonest Trump campaign ad. "But Facebook just cashes Trump's checks". "Now, they've changed their policy so they can profit from lies to the American people", she said before linking to a petition calling for Zuckerberg to be held "accountable". "Facebook believes political speech should be protected".
Facebook fell under criticism this week for the very same concept.
"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 spokesperson said, according to The Hill.More news: Democratic Lawmakers Subpoena U.S. Energy Secretary In Ukraine Probe
"Our approach is grounded in Facebook's fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is", the New York Times reports Facebook's head of global elections policy, Katie Harbath, wrote in the letter to the Biden campaign.
There's no love lost between the MA senator and the social media giant.
Warren appears to relish the fight with Facebook.
The Warren campaign ads, some of which feature a photo of Zuckerberg and President Trump together, link to a petition supporting her plan to break up major tech companies such as Facebook, Alphabet Inc's Google and Amazon.com Inc, on antitrust grounds.More news: EU, Britain to intensify talks on a Brexit deal