Facebook’s news boss, Campbell Brown, says she is shocked at the critical reaction from journalists about the social media’s decision not to "police speech from political candidates."
Brown made her comments in a posting on her personal Facebook page.
“Having spent most of my pre-Facebook career as a journalist covering politics, I have been astonished at the reaction by other journalists to Facebook's decision not to police speech from political candidates,” she said. “I strongly believe it should be the role of the press to dissect the truth or lies found in political ads - not engineers at a tech company.
Facebook’s policy is to accept paid political ads without fact-checking them or censoring them. Twitter has said it will ban all political advertising.
Meanwhile, Brown maintained that in building out a Facebook destination for news, the social media giant must include content from publishers on the right and the left. – “as long as that content meets our integrity standards for misinformation.
“There will invariably be news organizations, ideological or otherwise, who say or write things that I find abhorrent, but I will always stand by their right to express their views,” she said. “It has been a long held American ideal that we win the day with better arguments, not by silencing those we disagree with."
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