Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO delivered a speech at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to defend the decision of his company to give the access to the political lies and the promotion of the political lies and misleading information in a wide-ranging speech on Thursday in which he appealed to the virtues of debate and free expression.
Zuckerberg said, “Giving people a voice and enabling a vigorous exchange of ideas is good for society” in a speech Thursday at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. The U.S. influx Iraq in 2003, which, according to the Zuckerberg, happened at least in part due to the failure of diverse perspectives of the peoples.
“Back when I was in college, our country had just gone to war in Iraq, and the mood on our campus was disbelief. A lot of people felt like we were acting without hearing a lot of important perspectives,” Facebook CEO said. “I remember feeling that if more people had a voice to share their experiences, maybe things would have turned out differently.”
Zuckerberg organized this address after facing the criticism of Facebook for allowing political ads that contain lies. Facebook recently held an announcement from the Trump reelection campaign that accused former vice president Joe Biden of corruption. The accusation hasn’t been proved, and the Biden campaign asked for the ad to be taken down. Facebook declined.
Facebook has considered dropping political ads altogether, Zuckerberg said Thursday, adding that “the controversy certainly isn’t worth the small part of our business they make up.” But the company concluded that such a ban would be tantamount to censorship.
“I know many people disagree, but in general, I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy,” Zuckerberg said, on giving an excuse that several tech platforms are using the same.