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Elizabeth Warren Is Wrong, and Facebook Is Right

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11.10.2019

Earlier this week, Elizabeth Warren launched an attack on Facebook. Her grievance? She’s attacking the tech giant for allowing the Trump campaign to run an ad that contains misleading claims about Joe Biden. Yes, the ad is misleading — implying a tie between Joe Biden’s demand that Ukraine fire its chief prosecutor and his son’s business activities when we have no evidence that American and allied desires to oust the prosecutor had any relationship to Hunter Biden. But misleading ads are hardly new in American politics, and the answer for a bad ad is a better ad, one that rips the president for misleading America.

Facebook refused to remove the ad, citing a policy against policing the content of political advertising. Facebook’s Katie Harbath wrote the Biden campaign and said the company’s policy was “grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is.”

Warren was........

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