Facebook has faced multiple criticisms for its policy of not verifying the advertisements of politicians, but its executive president, Mark Zuckerberg, once again came out to defend the social network decision. In an interview that aired on Monday, December 2, Zuckerberg said it is important that people make their own judgments about what politicians say.
"What I believe is that in a democracy, it is really important that people can see for themselves what politicians say, so they can make their own judgments," Zuckerberg told CBS presenter This Morning, Gayle King. "And, well, I don't think a private company should be censoring politicians or the news."
Zuckerberg has been defending the controversial social network approach to political discourse while trying to strike a balance between freedom of expression and the fight against misinformation during elections. Facebook faces increasing pressure to do more to combat so-called fake news, hate speech and other offensive content on the world's largest social network, which already has 2.5 billion users. The company also faces accusations that it censures conservative discourse, something it has repeatedly denied.
Zuckerberg, who was being interviewed with his wife Priscilla Chan, also acknowledged having dinner with President Donald Trump at the White House in October. Zuckerberg said they talked about a "number of things" that were in the president's mind but did not give many details, saying it was a "private discussion."
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for additional comments.