Facebook removes Conservative Party ad with BBC presenters

Nellie Chapman
December 4, 2019

"What I believe is that in a democracy, it's really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments", Zuckerberg replies, in a now familiar line of defense.

"We have removed this content following a valid intellectual property claim from the rights holder, the BBC", a Facebook spokesperson said. CBS's King asked Zuckerberg to defend the decision and also posed a question regarding the Trump dinner in question.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg is being lashed again - and for the same reason, he was criticized profusely during the previous USA election campaign.

"And, you know, I don't think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news", he said.

Requested referring to the letter in the direction of the CBS interview, Zuckerberg acknowledged "right here is clearly a extremely advanced arena". Facebook acquiesced, however, due to "intellectual property" concerns.

Britain's governing Conservative Party has ramped up its campaigning efforts on social media platform Facebook with a surge of ads highlighting policy areas to younger voters.

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The video featured Ms Kuenssberg, the BBC's political editor, saying "pointless delay to Brexit", while newsreader Huw Edwards says: "Another Brexit delay".

"People will say the optics weren't good", King said of the dinner, which was also attended by Facebook investor and Trump supporter billionaire Peter Thiel.

"I mean... we talked about a number of things that were on his mind".

"We talked about a number of things that were on his mind, and some of the topics that you read about in the news around our work", Zuckerberg told the cohost Gayle King.

NBC News reporter Ben Collins pointed out that the transparency Zuckerberg was celebrating apparently didn't extend to his refusal to reveal what the president said during their dinner. I mean, I don't think that that's ...

"I think some of the stuff that people talk about or think gets discussed and these discussions are not really how that works", Zuckerberg said. "I moreover are making an are trying to recognize that it used to be a personal dinner and ... non-public discussion". Facebook identified the posts and demoted them in the newsfeed but refused to remove them, later telling a parliamentary inquiry into electoral matters it would not be "appropriate" to remove the false claims and it did not want to "referee political debates".

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