Elizabeth Warren bought fake ads on Facebook to highlight Facebook’s fake ads

Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad

Elizabeth Warren trolls Facebook with 'false' Zuckerberg ad

"It got approved quickly and the ad is now running on Facebook", she tweeted.

Warren's ad does correct the record - neither Facebook nor Zuckerberg has endorsed Trump - but goes on to argue her point: that "Facebook already helped elect Donald Trump once" and that "It's time to hold Mark Zuckerberg accountable". He also described her antitrust proposal as an "existential" threat and said it would "suck for us".

"This decision, put into place previous year, has sparked a sharp backlash this week among Democrats, who complain that it gives President Trump free rein to use major social media platforms as disinformation machines", the Post notes, referencing Warren's ad as well as former Vice President Joe Biden's recent request that Facebook remove a dishonest Trump campaign ad. Facebook formally put the policy in place last September, ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.

With this ad, Facebook's own tools are now being used against it, and it has placed itself in a win-win situation.

Facebook's policy meant Trump's team have been able to share ads on the platform that allege former Vice President Joe Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion for firing a prosecutor.

"They've made a decision to let political figures lie to you-even about Facebook itself-while their executives and their investors get even richer off the ads containing these lies", she continued.

While some TV networks have recently refused to run Trump ads with demonstrable inaccuracies, Facebook says it "not our role to intervene when politicians speak", according to Nick Clegg, the company's vice president of global affairs and communications. "But Facebook just cashes Trump's checks". Now, they're deliberately allowing a candidate to intentionally lie to the American people. "Facebook believes political speech should be protected".

Warren's stunt came as Facebook faced criticism from conservatives and progressives alike.

Warren is perhaps the most vociferous critic of big tech companies like Facebook, and has proposed breaking up tech giants including Amazon, Google and, notably, the world's largest social media platform.

"If Senator Warren wants to say things she knows to be untrue, we believe Facebook should not be in the position of censoring that speech", a Facebook spokesperson told CNN, through gritted teeth, we'd like to imagine.

In leaked audio obtained by The Verge, Zuckerberg said at a recent internal meeting that, should Warren seek to implement these plans, Facebook would "go to the mat and fight".

Steve Guest, a spokesman for the Republican National Committee, blasted the Democrat's ad as a "political stunt" and said it "won't distract from Warren's primary goal: giving government the control of your health care and hiking everyone's taxes to pay for it".