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Facebook's New False Ad Policy Conspicuously Exempts Politicians

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The Biden ad clearly violates this.

Under its new rules, however, Facebook now operates under the following:

"[Facebook] prohibits ads that include claims debunked by third-party fact checkers or, in certain circumstances, claims debunked by organizations with particular expertise."

Notice the reference to fact-checkers.

"Political figures" are now exempt from Facebook's new rules.

So Massachusetts Sen. and presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren, decided to test those new rules.

She tweeted Saturday:

"Facebook changed their ads policy to allow politicians to run ads with known lies explicitly turning the platform into a disinformation-for-profit machine. This week, we decided to see just how far it goes. We intentionally made a Facebook ad with false claims."

(View her ad.)

Mark Zuckerberg has not endorsed Trump.

That's Warren's point.

She encourages antitrust action against major tech companies and has advocated Facebook to be fragmented into smaller entities.

Last week, leaked audio of a July Facebook meeting revealed Zuckerberg threatened to "go to the mat" and "fight" if Warren is elected president, and described Warren's antitrust policies as an "existential" threat and said it would "suck for us."

Warren responded:

" What would really "suck" is if we don't fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy."

She added:

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