Hillary Clinton condemns Facebook political ad policy

Hillary Clinton condemns Facebook political ad policy
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Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe real reason Biden is going to the COP26 climate summit Super PACs release ad campaign hitting Vance over past comments on Trump I voted for Trump in 2020 — he proved to be the ultimate RINO in 2021 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 ZuckerbergFacebook formula gave anger five times weight of likes, documents show 'Facebook Papers' turn up heat on embattled social media platform TikTok, Snapchat executives to make Capitol Hill debuts MORE was hammered by lawmakers including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats say GOP lawmakers implicated in Jan. 6 should be expelled Republican spin on Biden is off the mark House progressives call on Biden to end all new fossil fuel permitting 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 WarrenSenate Democrats propose corporate minimum tax for spending package The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Budget negotiators: 72 hours and counting Democrats face critical 72 hours MORE (D-Mass.), who ran an ad on Facebook's platform in response falsely accusing Zuckerberg of endorsing President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE for reelection.