Facebook has been under extra scrutiny after the social network unintentionally aided Russia’s manipulation of American voters through around 3,000 Facebook ads purchased by Kremlin-linked Russian trolls. The ads have been turned over to the House intelligence committee.
Free speech for Russians – but also for you.
Liz Wolfe from the Washington Examiner talked on today’s show about Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s recent comments on the Russia problem and Facebook’s goal to protect free speech on its platform. While Russian meddling isn’t a good thing, we don’t want Facebook going to the opposite extreme and censoring any ad that doesn’t fit a certain political ideology.
Give me the top quote:
“When you cut off speech for one person, you cut off speech for all people,” Sandberg told Axios founder Mike Allen in the Facebook Live interview. “The responsibility of an open platform is to let people express themselves. We don’t check the information people put on Facebook before they run, and I don’t think anyone should want us to do that.”
Sandberg said if the ads had been from legitimate people instead of Russian trolls, they would have been left alone.
What about Twitter?
Twitter recently came under fire when a GOP lawmaker’s Senate campaign ad was deemed “inflammatory” and removed for saying that Planned Parenthood sells “baby body parts.” After people protested the decision, Twitter restored the video about a day later.