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The lack of control over the political ads on Facebook has made Mark Zuckerberg received a lot of criticism and a letter. One of the pens most respected of Hollywood, Aaron Sorkin, wrote an open letter in The New York Times addressed to the founder of the company with two million users, accusing him of not be defending the freedom of expression, but of “attacking the truth” to allow that to circulate paid content with false information about the u.s. presidential candidates. The letter of Sorkin, winner of an Oscar for best original screenplay by The social network (2010), the film centered on the origin of Facebook, comes to light a day after Twitter announced that it will ban political ads on its platform.
“and You and I, we want protections for freedom of expression to make sure no one is imprisoned or killed for saying or writing something unpopular, not to ensure that the lies have unlimited access to the american electorate,” writes Sorkin. The controversy over the policies of Facebook in your ads is triggered when the Republican Party paid for a notice that says that the former vice president and now candidate democrat Joe Biden offered Ukraine to 1,000 million dollars in aid if the Government would banish the prosecutor who had been investigating a company linked to his son. “Every square inch of this is a lie and is under your logo. That is not to defend freedom of expression, Mark, is to attack the truth,” says the writer of successful series like The West Wing of the White House and Newsroom.
Zuckerberg has defended his immovable position by arguing that intervening in the political content of the ads would not respect the First Amendment of the Constitution. Sorkin communicates with his respect for her, “but this may not be the result that you and I want to”, she says, take lies and crazy flow like running water and corrupting the most important decisions that we take together.” 45% of americans used Facebook to get informed, and half of these will only read news on the social network, according to a study by the Pew Research Center.
The letter of Sorkin comes a day after Jack Dorsey, founder and chief executive of Twitter, announced that the platform will prohibit political ads, arguing that “the scope of a political message should be something that is earned, not you buy that is”. “While advertising on the Internet is incredibly powerful and very effective for the commercial advertisers, this power has significant risks in politics, where it can be used to influence the votes and affects the lives of millions of people,” said Dorsey, showing the huge distance that exists with the position of Zuckerberg.
After the move of Twitter, Zuckerberg dawned with the letter of Sorkin, one of his biggest critics. The writer remembers in the letter that when the film premiered The social network, Zuckerberg accused her publicly of being a lie. “But you and I know that the script was investigated inch-by-inch by a team of lawyers to study”. I remember that before releasing the film held a private screening for the director of operations of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg, that in the middle of the projection is directed to the producers and said to them: “How can they do this to a child?”. “I hope that its director of operations in her office, and I say: “How can we do this to tens of millions of children?”, referring to the misinformation.
Two weeks ago, the head of Facebook appeared for the second time at the Congress of the united States. The democratic congressman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez what he during his cross-examination, outlining different scenarios with fake ads paid for by political. “Can you see the problem that exists when you have a total lack of verification of actual data on political ads?”, asked the new yorker. Zuckerberg, nervous, replied: “I Think that lying is bad and that if you put an ad containing a lie… that is wrong”.
Sorkin cited another answer that gave the founder of the social network Ocasio-Cortez. “Congressman, in most cases, in a democracy, I believe that people should be able to see what they say to the politicians that may or may not vote and judge your character for themselves’. Now you are telling me, but if I had known that you thought so, I would have preferred that the twins Winklevoss invented Facebook”, is coming to the end of the letter.