Elizabeth Warren is on fire. After an amazing witty and quip peppered debate performance on Thursday night that went viral, the Democratic presidential candidate set her sights on Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with an ad she bought on the social media site claiming he’s a Trump supporter.
The ad begins with a lie: Facebook’s chief executive officer “just endorsed” Trump for re-election. It quickly backtracks to the truth. “You’re probably shocked. And you might be thinking, ‘how could this possibly be true?” the ad said. “Well, it’s not.”
Bloomberg said, “Facebook’s fact-checking policy allowed Trump’s team to share ads on the social network that allege former Vice President Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion for firing a prosecutor. Biden’s campaign has dismissed Trump’s allegations as a smear.”
“What Zuckerberg ‘has’ done is given Donald Trump free rein to lie on his platform — and then to pay Facebook gobs of money to push out their lies to American voters,” Warren said in the ad.
Facebook’s decision to allow Trump’s ad contrasts with CNN, which rejected a request by the president’s campaign to run what the network called two “demonstrably false” claims.
“If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech,” Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook, said in a statement to CNN on the ads.
Earlier this month, recordings of Zuckerberg emerged, wherein he called the senator “an existential threat” to the company. According to CNBC, “Zuckerberg said that while his words were not meant to be widely shared, ‘now that it’s out there,” followers can see “an unfiltered version of what I’m thinking and telling employees on a bunch of topics.'”
The recordings open a window into Zuckerberg’s thinking on hypotheticals that he might not usually entertain publicly. In one of the July meetings, for example, Zuckerberg told employees that if Warren, D-Mass., becomes president, “then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” referring to Warren’s stated plan to break up Big Tech companies including Facebook.
“But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight,” Zuckerberg said.
Warren responded to Zuckerberg’s comments in a tweet Tuesday morning, saying companies like Facebook engage in ‘anticompetitive practices.’
What would really “suck” is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy. https://t.co/rI0v55KKAi
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 1, 2019
Zuckerberg also addressed employee questions on his decision-making in the recordings released by The Verge. He explained to employees why he has refused to testify in front of some foreign governments, saying “it just doesn’t really make sense for me to go to hearings in every single country that wants to have me show up.” He also answered questions about the reported poor workplace quality for Facebook’s contracted content moderators previously exposed by The Verge, calling the reports “a little overdramatic” but saying it’s “a really important thing” to make sure workers receive “the mental health support that they need.”