Facebook’s Zuckerberg commits to accepting political ads, says decision will ‘piss off a lot of people’

Zuckerberg is merely taking Facebook back to its roots

By Jon Dougherty

(TNS) For years, the Left has always assumed that they ‘own’ Facebook, as well as every other major social media platform, because the founders of those companies to a man and woman favor and support Democrats.

But a decision by the social media giant’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, is already sending Leftists into orbit, which — again — tells you more about them than the Zuck.



As The Guardian reports, Zuckerberg isn’t buckling to Leftist pressure to refuse political ads because, he says, his platform really ought to be more true to it free-speech-and-expression founding:

In a candid discussion at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit 2020 in Salt Lake City on Friday, Zuckerberg said that since his company is criticized for both what it does and does not do in terms of monitoring use of its platform, it will now support free speech “because in order to be trusted, people need to know what you stand for”.

“We’re going to stand up for free expression,” he said, apparently referring to the company’s decision to resist pressure to ban political ads because it would be too tough to determine the line between true and false content.

“It’s unfortunate that this is such a controversial thing,” Zuckerberg said, adding that critics of his stance are typically “people not at risk of being censored themselves.”

Because The Guardian is also a Leftist outlet, the news site went on to parrot the same excuse every Democrat and Left-wing pundit uses to justify excluding Republicans from the site and presidents with the last name of “Trump”:

He did acknowledge that the Cambridge Analytica data breach might have been avoided with better monitoring of how customer data was being handled, and said the company was introducing tools to combat hate speech and terrorist recruiting.

The issue of targeted political advertising, including its use in Russian interference with the 2016 US election, continues to haunt the social media giant.

To refresh, Cambridge Analytica was a British political consulting firm used by the 2016 Trump campaign to gather data from Facebook users. It was a “scandal,” but only to the Left. Business Insider reported:

Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge Analytica employee, is known for leaking documents to journalists that showed how Cambridge Analytica harvest the data of millions of Facebook users without their consent, using it to inform targeted political advertising.

Wylie, a leaker, wrote a book about it called “Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America,” in which he allegedly details more about the firm’s operations.

Pretty sinister, using a social media platform ‘without users’ consent’ to send them targeted political messaging, huh?

Maybe, but then it was scandalous for the 2012 Obama campaign do to the same thing, right? Investors Business Daily explains:

According to various news accounts, a professor at Cambridge University built a Facebook app around 2014 that involved a personality quiz. About 270,000 users of the app agreed to share some of their Facebook information, as well as data from people on their friends list. As a result, tens of millions ended up part of this data-mining operation.

Consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, which paid for the research, later worked with the Trump campaign to help them target advertising campaigns on Facebook, using the data they’d gathered on users.

But while the Trump campaign used Cambridge Analytica during the primaries, it didn’t use the information during the general election campaign, relying instead on voter data provided by the Republican National Committee, according to CBS News. …

Since this involves the Trump campaign, the news accounts have been suffused with dark conspiratorial tones. The Times article talks about how Trump consultants “exploited” Facebook data, and quotes a source calling it a “scam.” It has been widely described as a massive data breach.

At the time, Facebook had been promoting itself to political campaigns as a way to reach more voters, IBD continued:

In 2012, the Obama campaign encouraged supporters to download an Obama 2012 Facebook app that, when activated, let the campaign collect Facebook data both on users and their friends.

According to a July 2012 MIT Technology Review article, when you installed the app, “it said it would grab information about my friends: their birth dates, locations, and ‘likes.’ “

The campaign boasted that more than a million people downloaded the app, which, given an average friend-list size of 190, means that as many as 190 million had at least some of their Facebook data vacuumed up by the Obama campaign — without their knowledge or consent.

If anything, Facebook made it easy for Obama to do so. A former campaign director, Carol Davidsen, tweeted that “Facebook was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.”

So in essence, Zuckerberg is merely returning Facebook to its roots.

Leftists argue that candidates will use it to push false information about their opponents. Without a doubt that’s true, but most political ads are dishonest or misleading anyway.

But billionaire George Soros let the cat out of the bag over the real reason why the Left hate’s Zuckerberg’s decision.

The Guardian:

In a column for the New York Times on Friday, the billionaire philanthropist George Soros warned that Zuckerberg and Facebook would help Donald Trump win re-election in 2020, thanks to a developing “informal mutual assistance operation or agreement”.

Soros wrote: “I believe that Mr Trump and Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, realise that their interests are aligned – the president’s in winning elections, Mr Zuckerberg’s in making money.”

Facebook, Soros added, “follow[s] only one guiding principle: maximize profits irrespective of the consequences.”

As Zuckerberg said, “This is the new approach, and I think it’s going to piss off a lot of people. But frankly the old approach was pissing off a lot of people too, so let’s try something different.”

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Meh, facecrooks, and twatters were created by deep state to spy on Americans. Thank God I never subscribed to that cesspool of pedo satanists.

Scroogle too. Same deal —initially backed by deep state money.

All of it is garbage. Delete that garbage from your life log.

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WHY DOESN’T THE ZUK JUST COME OUT AND ADMIT IT… HIS SUPPORT OF THE LEFT IS REDUCING THE AMOUNT OF INCOME HIS STATION IS MAKING… AND HE NOW THINKS THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE MORE MONEY AND HOLD ON TO THE FEW LOYALISTS HE HAS FOLLOWING HIS FAKE NEWS MEDIA, IS TO ALLOW THE RIGHT TO ALSO MAKE COMMENTS ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING AND THEREFORE BRINGING SOME OF HIS LOST REVENUE BACK. WHAT FUC*ING HYPOCRITE. I HOPE HE CONTINUES TO LOSE REVENUE BY THE MILLIONS. HE DOESN’T DESERVE TO RUN A CORPORATION THAT CLAIMS TO BE NEWS WORTHY, FAIR OR… Read more »

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I’m not buying this for a second , no way is this believable .

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Facebook , Google and Twitter are doing everything in their power to prevent Trump from winning re election and this is not opinion based it’s fact based. Twitter has banned tens of millions of Trump supporters and continues to , the ONLY news sources that google, Twitter and Facebook will have links to are all on Wikileaks 100% confirmed “Fake news” list which is below: All are confirmed to regularly collude with the DNC and should NEVER EVER BE TRUSTED. CNN, ABC,CBS,NBC,MSNBC,HUFFPOST,NYT,WASHPOST,BUZZFEED, POLITICO, NEWSWEEK,THE AP, THE HILL , ROLLING STONE,SKY NEWS,BI, TIME,USA TODAY, BBC NEWS, LA TIMES,REUTERS,THE BOSTON GLOBE,VOX,THE MIAMI… Read more »

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Lets Try something different, right before the election, lets open up to polit-ads…. pffft, same dog , same tricks. This will be used to tamper some more with our sovereign process, ensuring the will of the people is never more than a whisper above the roar of your own proclamations. They will explain to us why this should be allowed, loudly, and once their treachery is discovered, they will divert blame and redirect until the next scandal. Is the problem that no one in America has ever had a rotten girlfriend/old-lady? Seriously, its the same playbook. Deception and Trust, Trust… Read more »

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If you dont know about GAB and VOAT, you should learn. Yes, there are lots of racists, this is not an issue, because FREE SPEECH does not offend me, even when I dont agree with it. Bear in mind that censorship robs the listener and not just the speaker. A censored topic,such as race relations reality, deprives not only one man who has a controversial Point Of View, but deprives the world of the opportunity to argue with him. Also, the world can just shun and ignore it, but if the information and point of view is suppressed, the world… Read more »

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