Get fucked, Zuckerburg. Transcript here, and footage here:
A.O.C.: “Do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact-checking on political advertisements?”
M.Z.: “Congresswoman, I think lying is bad. I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie, that would be bad. That’s different from it being — in our position, the right thing to prevent your constituents or people in an election from seeing that you had lied.”
A.O.C.: “So you won’t take down lies or you will take down lies? It’s a pretty simple yes or no.”
M.Z.: “Congresswoman, in most cases, in a democracy, I believe people should be able to see for themselves what politicians they may or may not vote for are saying and judge their character for themselves.”
I agree with the NYT op-ed that we cannot trust the average citizen to think critically, question sources, veracity, etc. We've been doing an experiment on that for the last decade. The fact that 40% of America doesn't think Trump has committed a crime is conclusive proof. Regulate Facebook political adverts. Now.
In very related news, I'm not on board with Michelle Obama's "They go low, we go high" philosophy any more. The only language these people understand is emotional, which is why it was so pathetic to see all the pearl clutching and hand wringing on the left about Trump being spontaneously booed and chanted at during Game 5 of the World Series. The calm, collected, logical style of messaging has failed. Give up. Get angry.