''Facebook Users Should Judge for Themselves Whether Politicians Are Telling The Truth,'' Zuckerberg Says

''Facebook Users Should Judge for Themselves Whether Politicians Are Telling The Truth,'' Zuckerberg Says1069
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In a joint CBS News interview with his wife Priscilla Chan, Mark Zuckerberg once again defended the controversial Facebook policy against removing political ads that contains misinformation.

Zuckerberg told CBS that Facebook users ''could see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments.'' He also added that in his view, it is inappropriate for a private company to censor politicians or news.

Asked to comment on the letter that nearly 200 Facebook employees sent him to criticize the policy saying that there is a difference between ''free speech'' and ''paid speech,'' Zuckerberg agreed that is a complicated matter. Everyone has a different opinion about it, he added.

Pressed further to comment on whether that principle still applies in cases of spreading fake news and false statements, he pointed out once again that in times of democracy, people should be able to judge for themselves what politicians are saying.

Earlier this year, the social media giant faced severe criticism home and abroad for declining a Joe Biden's request to remove an ad being run by President Trump's team that questions Biden's intervention in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.

The video accused the former Vice President of offering military aid money to Kyiv if it removes the prosecutor investigating a firm related to his son, Hunter Biden. No evidence has been presented that Biden forced Ukraine to remove a prosecutor to protect his son.

Facebook argued that the ad should remain due to the company's ''fundamental belief in free expression and respect for the democratic process.'' 

The Facebook co-founder also discussed the potential ramifications of antitrust investigations into his company. Nearly all the fifty US states and two federal agencies are now probing whether Facebook is engaged in anti-competitive practices. 

Mark Zuckerberg admitted the seriousness of the issue, pointing out that Facebook keeps working on it. However, he emphasized that it is also vital not to forget the ''enormous good'' that can be done by bringing so many people together and build a robust community.

The interview airs in times when numerous politicians and White House hopefuls, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, have heavily criticized the company and called big techs to be ''broken up.''

Earlier this year, during a public hearing, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has openly asked Zuckerberg on the extent of false or misleading information a presidential candidate would be allowed to spread on Facebook.

What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with Mark Zuckerberg's policy not to remove political ads containing disinformation?