DNC accuses Facebook of letting Trump ‘mislead’ public
The Democratic National Committee (DNC) is accusing Facebook of allowing President Trump to “mislead the American people” without facing any consequences.
DNC CEO Seema Nanda made the allegations in a Tuesday interview with CNN just a week after the tech giant announced that it would not remove posts or advertisements from politicians if they happen to violate the company’s community rules, claiming those posts are protected because they are “newsworthy.”
Nanda told CNN Facebook’s move will allow Trump to “mislead the American people on their platform unimpeded.”
“We know that Trump has an utter disregard for the truth,” she said.
“Social media platforms have a responsibility to protect our democracy and counter disinformation online. This is a serious missed opportunity by Facebook,” Nanda added.
Trump has frequently used platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to lash out at political opponents and promote his administration’s talking points. The Trump campaign has also spent almost $20 million on Facebook ads since May 2018.
Many of the advertisements surfaced on the platform have inaccurately accused Democrats of trying to repeal the Second Amendment or warned of an “invasion” at the southern border. More than 2,000 ads warning of an invasion were posted between January and May, according to a review of Facebook’s ad archives by The Hill.