If Trump has a chance of being re-elected this year, that chance runs right through Facebook and its compliant CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
He’s already given the Trump campaign a green light to lie incessantly on social media by announcing Facebook would not police false political content, and that candidates could post whatever misinformation they wanted. Then this week, Zuckerberg lashed out at Twitter, criticizing the social media giant for having the temerity to fact check one of Trump’s blatantly false tweets.
We also just learned an internal Facebook report from 2018 confirmed that the company’s refusal to address rampant political misinformation among users was driving people apart. Facebook executives, having watched the platform help elect Trump in 2016, quietly shelved the report’s findings, in part because they were afraid conservatives would be upset at Facebook for trying to reign in disinformation and divisive content.