Josh Hawley, GOP senator, urges Mark Zuckerberg to reconsider Facebook

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Sen. Josh Hawley, Missouri Republican, took issue Tuesday with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over a new policy that has resulted in the platform flagging some of President Trump’s recent posts.

Mr. Hawley wrote Mr. Zuckerberg asking him to rethink Facebook’s new practice of attaching labels to content that “seeks to delegitimize” the outcome of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

The former Missouri attorney general also complained about Facebook’s decision to ban political advertisements in the week preceding the U.S. election and urged its CEO to reverse course.

Facebook announced both policies on Sept. 3, precisely two months before Election Day when voters will decide if Mr. Trump will be sent for a second term in the White House.

“We will attach an informational label to content that seeks to delegitimize the outcome of the election or discuss the legitimacy of voting methods, for example, by claiming that lawful methods of voting will lead to fraud,” Facebook said at the time.

The social network had added the labels to at least two of Mr. Trump’s posts on the platform since then, each one similarly attacking the integrity of mail-in voting.

In each of the posts that …

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