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Facebook challenged on policies in run-up to 2020 presidential election

Nandita Sampath, left, Leo Steinmetz and Debra Kattler protest outside of Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park on Jan. 9. Protesters want Facebook to do more to prevent its platform from being used to spread lies, disinformation and divisiveness that they say could jeopardize the integrity of the 2020 election. Photo by Sammy Dallal/The Almanac.

Commuters along Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road on Thursday, Jan. 9, had more than the bumper ahead of them on view as they passed Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park. By about 4:30 p.m., an estimated 20 to 40 protesters converged on the area with signs advocating for changes in Facebook's policies in the run-up to the 2020 presidential election.

Advocacy groups including Media Alliance, Indivisible San Francisco and Invisible San Francisco Peninsula, the Raging Grannies Action League, and the Peninsula Peace and Justice Center organized the protest, issuing a public statement asserting that Facebook's advertising policies will allow "politicians and political parties to blatantly lie in their advertisements."

"This year's US presidential elections are in jeopardy – in part because San Francisco Bay Area technology company Facebook refuses to take responsibility for the lies, hate, and disinformation that are being spread using its platform."

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Posted by Gary
a resident of another community
on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:07 pm

If Facebook can double its jobs in Menlo Park and have more of its employees and contractors buy (high-density) housing created across the city with the help of Scott Wiener's SB 50, then the company could finish taking over city government and do whatever it likes - maybe even against annoying protesters.

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Posted by tax cuts for billionaires
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 10, 2020 at 6:25 pm

Zuck wants to sink the Dems so he can keep his taxes low. I wonder, if like most billionaires, his net tax rate is below 20%?

Think of that on April 15.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 10, 2020 at 7:11 pm

How much is Trump paying Facebook to publish all his fake news ads?

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jan 11, 2020 at 12:21 am

"Policies" - not "Polices".

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 13, 2020 at 12:12 pm

Mark Zuckerberg is giving 99% of his net worth to charity. I don't think he's worried about tax rates...

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Posted by Accountant
a resident of Atherton: West Atherton
on Jan 13, 2020 at 1:19 pm

I bet his accountants are.

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Posted by tax cuts for billionaires
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jan 13, 2020 at 3:52 pm

[Post removed because it was responding to an earlier offensive post]

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