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Why is AOC demanding Zuckerberg censor politics ads?

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One of the stranger aspects of the modern American left is its burning conviction that billionaire capitalists should censor social media. Just watch this exchange between alleged socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington, DC yesterday.

This was during a hearing of the US House of Representatives financial services committee, on the launch of Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, Libra. The NYC congresswoman repeatedly jabbed at Zuckerberg over his failure to ‘fact-check’ political ads. She also made a couple of cheap shots about Zuckerberg having ‘dinner parties with far-right figures’ (he is reported to have been meeting with conservative pundits over the issue of perceived left-wing bias in Facebook’s practices).

This all follows Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren’s stunt, in which she posted a blatant lie in a political Facebook ad to make the point that the company is profiting from political misinformation. But beyond the anti-corporate posturing, what these supposedly left-wing politicians are essentially arguing for is an expansion of corporate power into the realm of politics – and ultimately for Facebook to become the Ministry of Truth.

This is a thoroughly terrible idea. Not least because, as a New York Times report found last year, Facebook moderators are overwhelmed by the task of enforcing the limits on political speech they already have in place – leading to many inconsistent and arbitrary decisions as they struggle to sift through the sheer volume of content. Is egging Facebook on to ‘do more’ really such a good idea?

We should all be concerned about the sway tech oligarchs have over our data, our politics and our public square. But the answer to all this – strange as it may sound – is not to give them even more power to police what can and cannot be said online.

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Jim Lawrie

25th October 2019 at 10:28 am

It reminded me of the Cathy Newman interview, except AOC has learned from that in the sense that she machine gunned Mr Zuckerberg with the next question before he had time to deconstruct the previous one. She depended on hand wringing, mock horror and general display, with her sidekick backing her up. Her intention was to use this as an arena, not to enquire, but for hurling political brickbats and barbs. A foretaste of the show trials to come.

At one point Mr Zuckerberg exacerbates that there was so many points in the question that he cannot remember them all. Neither could she, so she bouldered on. That looked like an instance of her becoming so carried carried away with herself that she departed from the script.

Mr Zuckerberg is going to have to learn to handle himself under that kind of attack.

Bear Mac Mathun

25th October 2019 at 7:18 am

I am not sure what else Facebook could do to appoint fact checkers than go through an independent third party. Either you accept the referee or find another one. AOC essentially wants the DNC to appoint fact checkers to ensure that they sing from the appropriate hymn book.

Jim Lawrie

24th October 2019 at 10:39 pm

They place so much store by the media because they think we are all stupid, gullible, nodding dogs. They think if they can monopolise the medium, they can do the same with our thinking. That is why they have to believe that Brexit and Donald Trump were the result of us believing lies told to us. The alternative is to look at themselves.

They hate Mark Zuckerberg for being successful and Jewish, and continuing to be so.
If he thought like them we would never have heard of him.

H McLean

24th October 2019 at 9:34 pm

The best thing about this exchange was the repeated look of confounded stupor from Zuckerburg at the idiocy of AOC’s questions. Her childish and poisonous framing of her questions really made her look like a silly undergraduate in the throes of fanatical political zealotry.

Dominic Straiton

24th October 2019 at 7:43 pm

Bill Gates did far more to bring humans out of poverty with his capitalist windows than his ridiculous “im a king” foundation ever will.

Jim Lawrie

25th October 2019 at 12:04 am

Mark Zuckerberg has to learn how to challenge the premise of a question and to deconstruct a double question.

Dean 61

24th October 2019 at 6:05 pm

I’m guessing that Alexandria Occasional-Cortex’s new fact checker will be sophisticated enough to ignore left-leaning political porky-pies. Hell, Liz Warren has been claiming for decades that she’s a Native American until she had a DNA test.

Jim Lawrie

24th October 2019 at 3:33 pm

AOC, like many of the dim bimbos in public life, needs to censor because she lacks the mental equipment required to form a reply to what she does not like or to what contradicts her limited reasoning.

Andrew Leonard

24th October 2019 at 2:23 pm

AOC is the only good looking woman in the world, I wouldn’t sleep with

Jerry Owen

24th October 2019 at 3:06 pm

I disagree with you on many things .. but on this one I have no arguments !!

Jim Lawrie

25th October 2019 at 12:09 am

She comes across as a woman biologically, like a soap powder, with the same sexaul allure.

Jerry Owen

24th October 2019 at 1:22 pm

‘If I were to run an ad saying that Republicans had voted for the green new deal would you take that ad down ?’
No.. Everyone knows that the green new deal is a load of old crock and no self respecting Republican would be stupid enough to vote for it.

She is the gift that just keeps giving, it’s such a shame we only have eleven years left to enjoy her stupidity.

Jerry Owen

24th October 2019 at 1:16 pm

Two cheeks of the same a*se, except the one on the left is slightly more vomit inducing.
The irony of OAC talking about Zuckerberg meeting ‘far’ right people in a conversation about fact checking is pure irony. Clearly the difference between taking down inciting comments and taking down lies is clearly lost on the poor dear and clearly Zuckerberg knew the idiocy of her question ( more than once I thought he saw the idiocy ).
It always amazes me the bucket loads of irony that resides on the left of politics yet they don’t do comedy.. They should really give it a go sometime and make themselves productive instead of destructive.
BTW does OAC actually realize the FB has more than a hundred subscribers ?
Looks like another four years for ‘ The Donald’ if this is the shiny new face for the Democrats !

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