Hillary Clinton condemns Facebook political ad policy

Hillary Clinton condemns Facebook political ad policy
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBon Jovi to campaign with Biden in Pennsylvania The Hill's Campaign Report: 2020 spending wars | Biden looks to clean up oil comments | Debate ratings are in Biden gets late boost with key union endorsement MORE on Wednesday was the latest Democratic politician to attack what she called an "appalling" decision by Facebook to allow ads from politicians that contain proven falsehoods.

In a tweet, the former secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate accused Facebook of bearing responsibility for "misinformation" regularly being shared on the platform.


"Facebook's decision to allow false information in political advertisements is appalling. Voters are being confronted by millions of pieces of misinformation. A world where up is down and down is up is a world where democracy can't thrive," she tweeted.

Clinton's criticism of the social media giant is unsurprising. Leading up to the 2016 presidential election, Russia launched a social media campaign, releasing ads and other social media posts that targeted the then-presidential Democratic candidate.

She fired back at the company again hours later on Wednesday following news that Twitter would ban all paid political advertising from its platform, adding: "This is the right thing to do for democracy in America and all over the world. What say you, @Facebook?"

Clinton's comments come days after Facebook's CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergFacebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Hillicon Valley: Five takeaways on new election interference from Iran, Russia | Schumer says briefing on Iranian election interference didn't convince him effort was meant to hurt Trump | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs | Republicans on Senate panel subpoena Facebook, Twitter CEOs MORE was hammered by lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities MORE (D-N.Y.) over Facebook's policy, which allows politicians and political candidates to include known falsehoods in advertisements on the platform.

Zuckerberg has defended the policy, arguing that if a politician lies in an advertisement, users should be allowed to see it. Other Democrats have also challenged the policy, including Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFinal debate: War Admiral vs. Seabiscuit Biden defends his health plan from Trump attacks Progressives blast Biden plan to form panel on Supreme Court reform MORE (D-Mass.), who ran an ad on Facebook's platform in response falsely accusing Zuckerberg of endorsing President TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump, Jared Kusher's lawyer threatens to sue Lincoln Project over Times Square billboards Facebook, Twitter CEOs to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee on Nov. 17 Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE for reelection.