FILE PHOTO: Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) to ask”, David Marcus, head of Facebook’s Calibra (digital wallet service), in a testimony before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee hearing on “the Investigation of Facebook’s Proposed Digital Currency, and Data Privacy issues” on Capitol Hill in Washington, d.c., US-July 16, 2019. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo
(Reuters) – U.S. Senator Mark Warner called on Facebook Inc. to enhance the transparency of its decision not to fact-check the ads run by the politicians, to the question of whether it is in compliance with the new rule, which calls for online platforms to disclose to the purchasers of the ads.
Facebook is under fire over its policies, especially after the granting of the exemption of political ads from a fact-checking standards are applied to the other content on the social network.
Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has defended Facebook’s policy, saying that the company does not want to stifle political speech.
In a letter sent to Zuckerberg on Monday, Warner cited some of the recent ad examples, which he described as the lies about the former Vice-President, Joe Biden, and said it underscores the need to account for.
“Facebook’s apparent lack of foresight, or concern for, any loss or damage caused by the policy of insurance was up to me,” Warner had said in the letter. (a little bit.m/2Ng3z3C)
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Warner have been pushing for the adoption of the Fair Advertising Act, which would require platforms to disclose to the buyers of the ads, apply the same rules to be applied in front of the TELEVISION and the radio. Warner said he was in the press, on Facebook, in order to fully comply with the law.
It’s a social network, it is also a criticism of the ad, the policies of the Democratic candidates, including Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, are running in the 2020 presidential election.
Reporting Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel