Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Zuckerberg seems to separate political ads from free speech

Common Dreams, among others, reports on Facebook employee resistance to Zuckerberg’s decision to exempt paid political advertising from the same standards of fact checking as other ads.

There is also the conundrum “paid speech is not the same thing as free speech”.

I had a taste of this in the fall of 2018 when Facebook did not want to “boost” my formal page drawing attention to power grid security (rather relevant in California now) unless I sold things and had advertisers vouch for my identity.

The site common dream offers a CA3.0 republish license.  I have to note that many sites without advertising are constantly prodding for money.  I do donate to a few YouTube channels that I like, and I probably should donate to sites to whom I hyperlink a lot, but I don’t respond to panicky email “save us” campaign (Truthout threatens to go out of business almost every week.)  I don’t want to do that (and it might be a legal problem if I did because of my trust setup).  Yet it means, as I have noted before, that the sustainability of how I publish comes under question, especially at the end of 2021. 

Update: Oct 31

Jack Dorsey has announced that Twitter will not allow any paid political ads. Here is the policy in a twitter thread. 

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