Hillary Clinton condemns Facebook political ad policy

Hillary Clinton condemns Facebook political ad policy
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDemocrats seek leverage for trial Davis: Trump vs. Clinton impeachments – the major differences Sharice Davids to vote for Trump impeachment articles: 'The facts are uncontested' 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.

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"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 ZuckerbergThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Facebook tells Trump administration it will not create messaging 'backdoor' for law enforcement LGBTQ groups accuse Facebook ads of spreading misinformation about HIV drugs MORE was hammered by lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Tucker Carlson as 'white supremacist sympathizer' Julián Castro jabs ICE: 'Delete your account' 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 Ann WarrenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left MORE (D-Mass.), who ran an ad on Facebook's platform in response falsely accusing Zuckerberg of endorsing President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE for reelection.