Skip to comments.Zuckerberg’s power to hurt Trump
Posted on 11/02/2019 7:31:04 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Top Republicans are privately worried about a new threat to President Trumps campaign: the possibility of Facebook pulling a Twitter and banning political ads.
Why it matters: Facebook says it won't, but future regulatory pressure could change that. If Facebook were to ban or even limit ads, it could upend Trumps fundraising and re-election plan, GOP officials tell Axios.
Trump relies heavily much more so than Democrats on targeted Facebook ads to shape views and raise money. Red flag: Kara Swisher, of Recode, the super plugged-in tech writer, predicted on CNBC's "Squawk Box" that Mark Zuckerberg will ultimately buckle on allowing demonstrably false political adds on Facebook: "He's going to change his mind 100% ... [H]e's done it before."
Twitter this week announced a ban on political and advocacy ads. ("Platforms give pols a free pass to lie," by Scott Rosenberg)
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale ridiculed the decision ("yet another attempt by the left to silence Trump and conservatives"), signaling the wicked backlash that would hit Zuckerberg.
(Excerpt) Read more at axios.com ...
Facebook is under the heat form both parties in D.C. I place my bet on a split up of the company or even a bust.
Wonder who could take it over?.
Personally, I think "social media" is beyond stupid, but
Social media interactions chart from leftist Axios (note, blue is rank 1-4,green is 5-12:
I suppose Zuck could use Trump’s overwhelming presence to argue the he should be censored, or realize that many millions of people might react negatively if he did so.
Reagan was elected to two terms long before there was Twitter.
Both of those things are true, but neither of them contradict my points above. Are we even discussing the same thing in the same context?
Well, of course they can be sued. The issue is freedom of speech and that applies only to governments. It has been long established that private companies can censure and permit limited speech. It happens every day.
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