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Facebook Employees Send an Open Letter to Company Executives Regarding Company Policy towards Political Ads

Facebook’s political ad policy has been under fire in recent times, especially since the vice president of communications Nick Clegg attempted to explain why the company would no longer monitor political debates by fact-checking political ads. The company said that it would no longer delete any political ads if they contained wrong information.

Unhappy with the company’s policy, Facebook’s own employees have now sent an open letter to company executives through Facebook Workplace saying that the new policy threatens what the company stands for. 250 employees have now signed the letter. The letter states:

“Misinformation affects us all. Our current policies on fact checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for. We strongly object to this policy as it stands. It doesn’t protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy… It communicates that we are OK profiting from deliberate misinformation campaigns by those in or seeking positions of power.”