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Should Facebook ban all political ads?

Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey announced Twitter will no longer be accepting political ads on its platform. The announcement came after a bruising few days for Facebook, which has been criticized for its announcement that it will not fact check ads made by politicians. Facebook says it shouldn't be responsible for such a decision—do you really want Facebook or any other tech platform to police speech? The company's argument is that it's better to let people hear out politicians and decide for themselves. What do you think?

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Here's how Dorsey framed the announcement that Twitter will no longer take political ads. 

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Dorsey says political messages should be amplified or ignored based on how they resonate with people, not by how much the organization behind a political message decides to pay.

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Dorsey explains his thinking further:

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Head of News Partnerships at Facebook Campbell Brown defended Facebook's stance on speech in the following post. She argues Facebook should not be the party responsible for determining whether something is truthful or not—that's the job of the press. 

Facebook is a platform for ideas, but at the end of the day, it's neutral. Facebook should not have the power to decide who gets heard and who does not—taking actions like blocking certain sites, or fact-checking a politician's speech sets a dangerous precedent. In a recent speech, Facebook VP of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg explains:

We have a responsibility to protect the platform from outside interference, and to make sure that when people pay us for political ads we make it as transparent as possible. But it is not our role to intervene when politicians speak.
That’s why I want to be really clear today – we do not submit speech by politicians to our independent fact-checkers, and we generally allow it on the platform even when it would otherwise breach our normal content rules.

Campbell goes on to say:

It has been a long held American ideal that we win the day with better arguments, not by silencing those we disagree with. And especially in today's hyper-partisan political environment, it is critical that we hold onto the values that make our country different and special. Mark's strong defense of free speech has made me incredibly proud to work for this company. Please take a minute and read the attached.

Read her full statement below:

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