Mark Zuckerberg Still Can’t Admit Facebook Is a Megaphone for the Right

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In order to solve a problem, one must first be able to name it. Yet Mark Zuckerberg’s inability or unwillingness to fully face up to the issues plaguing his platform has ensured the inadequacy of his supposed efforts to address them. To wit: Facebook has been in the throes of internal turmoil of late, with employees appearing increasingly frustrated at the social media giant’s handling of hate speech, conspiracy theories and disinformation, and the role it could once again play in the election as Donald Trump seeks to retain control of the White House. Zuckerberg has responded to the criticism by softening his typically hands-off approach somewhat, including by announcing last week that he is banning new political advertisements in the week before election day, along with several other new policies meant to “encourage voting, connect people with authoritative information, and fight misinformation.” But even as he introduces measures to limit Facebook’s role in the impending election chaos, Zuckerberg still can’t seem to publicly acknowledge crucial facts about his platform. In a new interview with Axios on HBO, Zuckerberg brushed aside Mike Allen’s characterization of Facebook as a “right-wing echo chamber,” despite the fact that, …

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