“’This election is not going to be business as usual,’ [Zuckerberg] said, noting both the difficulties of voting during a pandemic and likely attacks on the credibility of the results.
‘I’m worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country,’ he said in the statement, adding that ‘our democracy is strong enough to withstand this challenge and deliver a free and fair election.’” (The Wall Street Journal)
Mark Zuckerberg wants to protect the integrity of the election by banning political ads on Facebook the week before the election. He believes the ban this will put a stop to racial unrest and uncertainty after the election. Zuckerberg sounds more like Donald Trump than someone interested in protecting the integrity of the election.
His message is Facebook propaganda…
Before the “weeklong ban” Mark Zuckerberg wants to take a hands off approach allowing political advertisements on Facebook for the weeks before the election. These advertisements will no doubt contain the misinformation Mr. Zuckerberg wants to ban the week before the election. Apparently, he believes that the flood of ads on Facebook constituting propaganda and misinformation won’t have an impact until one week before the election.
Mark Zuckerberg, aka Zuckertrump, is sending a Trump like message…the election is going to be questioned and undermined for various reasons. Zuckertrump is also proposing a band aid fix showing a lack of concern about the political nonsense that will be posted on Facebook before his weeklong ban.
If Mr. Zuckertrump is going to regulate political advertisement by banning it one week before the election, he should take an aggressive approach to political advertisement ensuring that Facebook puts in place protections to stop propaganda, misinformation, and untruths on Facebook. He needs to aggressively look at political advertisements and postings taking aggressive action to stop propaganda. Banning ads one week before an election is insufficient. If Zuckertrump is sincere then his ban starts now…it must be a targeted ban targeting propaganda and misinformation while preserving free speech.
However, Zuckertrump won’t deliver…he will take Trump like actions while taking credit for a ban that changes nothing.
Read: Facebook to Limit Political Ads Week Before Election, Label Premature Calls | The Wall Street Journal