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One in three people on Earth use Facebook. Statistically speaking, Mark Zuckerberg’s company is as influential as God.
You’ll probably recall that foreign malefactors exploited the platform to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and there is strong evidence they are at it again. This time, Zuckerberg claims, Facebook is ready. In early September, he authored a post that outlined a string of proactive measures Facebook was taking “to encourage voting, connect people with authoritative information, and fight misinformation.” His language invoked patriotism and positioned his company on the frontlines of an ideological war.
“We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,” he wrote. “Facebook is already running the largest voting information campaign in American history.”
There are plenty of reasons to applaud Facebook and its founder. The company has enacted sweeping changes to its campaign advertisement policies and worked with the intelligence community to eradicate foreign interference efforts. For his part, Zuckerberg has personally donated $300 million to non-partisan organizations aimed at bolstering voting infrastructure.
There are also reasons to be skeptical. Some critics argue that Facebook’s new policies amount to temporary half measures that will do little to quell the platform’s tolerance of misinformation …
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