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Zuckerberg defends Facebook's 'free expression' in Georgetown address

Posted On: Oct 17, 2019   |   Posted By: Politico

Zuckerberg defends Facebook's 'free expression' in Georgetown address

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg delivered a speech at Georgetown University today defending and explaining how his company sees "free expression," as it faces withering criticism from Democrats for letting President Donald Trump post misleading campaign ads. To make his case, Zuckerberg pulled heavily from the United States' record of debate over free speech in dark times, citing in particular a pair of civil-rights era precedents: Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous 1963 "Letter from a Birmingham Jail" and the landmark 1964 Supreme Court case New York Times v. Sullivan, which constrains public officials' ability to sue for defamation. In addition to the history lesson, the executive touched on efforts Facebook has made to keep truly objectionable content like terrorist incitement and state-back election meddling off the platform. But extending those checks to political speech more broadly would be a slippery slope, he argued. "More people across the spectrum believe that achieving the political outcomes that they...

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