SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A left-leaning political group is challenging Facebook’s policy is not to fact-check political ads in the run of the place, which, it claims, erroneously, that the Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, has approved the use of the Green New Deal, a plan by a prominent Democrat.
A screengrab from a video showing U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who used a Facebook ad to be run through a PAC, known as The Real Online in Lefty’s League, who have been falsely claiming that he supports the Green New Deal, in order to draw attention to the issues of Facebook ad policy, October 25, 2019 at the latest. The Real Online Lefty-League/Facebook, via REUTERS.
Facebook Inc’s (FB.D) has come under fire in recent weeks for its decision not to fact-check the ads run by politicians. The new ad comes days after the day of the Green New Deal will be the champion, Representative, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a grilled Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, on the question of whether the site would allow such an ad.
“I can run ads that are targeted by the Republican party in the primary elections saying that they will vote for the Green New Deal?,” Ocasio-Cortez, asked the tech to a executive at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.
“It’s a congress, I do not know the answer to that off the top of my head,” Zuckerberg said. “I think so, probably.”
Facebook, the criticism of the ad, the policies of the Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election, such as former Vice-President, Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.
Last week, Zuckerberg said Facebook did not want to stifle political expression.
Facebook spokesman Tom Channick said that since the new ad came out of a political campaign by the group, rather than a politician, it was eligible for rating by the company to a third party, the fact-checking business partners.
“We have to get them to assess it,” Channick told Reuters, adding that the ad would be removed if it turns out to be false.
The re-cycle through the archive of the Republican party such as former Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, and for splicing together two of the actual videos of the Graham to make it seem as if he were saying: “We believe the Green New Deal.” It also shows that the false entry to be made in the text of the ad.
Senator Graham’s office said he was unaware of the ad, and confirmed by the senate, against the Green New Deal, a proposal championed by Ocasio-Cortez, that would eliminate U.S. emissions of greenhouse gases within a decade.
She has already called the proposal a “disaster,” and said that it would “destroy the American economy.”
Brought up for adriel-Hampton, treasurer of the group behind the ad, The Real Online in Lefty’s League, said he came up with the idea to draw attention to the problems of false claims in online political advertising. He has won $50 to get the ad online.
“There seems to be little or nothing to stop serious election manipulation, false advertising, and that’s bad news for our democracy,” Hampton said in an e-mail to Reuters.
In anticipation of the November 2020 election, lawmakers also have concerns about the spread of misinformation by the manipulated video, and, in particular, deepfakes, that is, to make use of machine learning for the creation of the real content of what a person looks like, to say or do something that they don’t.
The videos of Phillip’s hand-made, Hampton said. “No, deepfakes need it,” he said. “A very low-cost, very easy to do.”
He also said that he intended the false claim that it is clearly identified by the statement that She endorsed the Green New Deal in the ad text.
“Even though a lot of people like to think that our ad is so funny, we’ve seen a lot of people will take it at face value, and THAT is a concern,” he added.
Additional reporting by Susan Heavey in Washington; Reporting by Elizabeth, Illustrator, editing by Peter Henderson and Cynthia Osterman