Seriously, some people are obvious racists by just opening their mouths. Exhibit A is Democrat Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY), who told Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday that if he only hired more culturally diverse competent people in his business that it could prevent unwanted “impacts on civil society” like the allegations concerning Russia’s involvement in the 2016 elections.
“There’ve been numerous media reports about how more than 3,000 Russian ads were bought on Facebook to incite racial and religious division and chaos in the U.S. during the 2016 election,” Clarke told Zuckerberg on Wednesday. “Those ads specifically characterized and weaponized African-American groups like Black Lives Matter in which ads suggested through propaganda or fake news, that they were a rising threat.”
“Do you think that the lack of diversity, culturally competent personnel in your [unintelligible] and throughout your organization in which your company did not detect or disrupt and investigate these claims are a problem in this regard?” she asked.
“Congresswoman, I agree that we need to work on diversity,” Zuckerberg responded. “In this specific case, I don’t think that that was the issue because we were frankly slow to identifying the whole Russian misinformation operation, and not just that specific example.”
It’s because it was a non-issue Zuckerberg! Goodness, you took money for ads and you were all too happy to do it. There was no “misinformation operation” except by the Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton and her cronies that backed her.
Of course, Clarke, wanting to push the race card, like all Democrats do, said that “culturally competent” employees are needed to prevent unwanted “impacts on civil society.”
“I’m concerned that there are not eyes that are culturally competent looking at these things and being able to see how this would impact on civil society,” she added. “And we’ve talked about diversity forever with your organization.”
“What can you say today when you look at how all of this operates that you can do immediately to make sure that we have the types of viewing or reviewing that can enable us to catch this in its tracks?” she asked.
Well, to be honest, there is nothing that can be done. However, in line with this is Facebook’s new policies to try and out those of us that use their platform to simply present the news and our views. Yep, they claim they want “increased transparency” while at the same time offering no recourse for people who have a legitimate complaint against them for cutting off traffic to their pages, like Diamond and Silk, who were declared “unsafe” to the Facebook Community.
We believe that when you visit a Page or see an ad on Facebook it should be clear who it’s coming from. We also think it’s important for people to be able to see the other ads a Page is running, even if they’re not directed at you. That’s why today we’re announcing important changes to the way we manage ads and Pages on Facebook as well as Instagram. These are designed to increase transparency and accountability, as well as prevent election interference.
Increased Transparency and Accountability for Electoral and Issue Ads
Last October, we announced that only authorized advertisers will be able to run electoral ads on Facebook or Instagram. And today, we’re extending that requirement to anyone that wants to show “issue ads” — like political topics that are being debated across the country. We are working with third parties to develop a list of key issues, which we will refine over time. To get authorized by Facebook, advertisers will need to confirm their identity and location. Advertisers will be prohibited from running political ads — electoral or issue-based — until they are authorized.
In addition, these ads will be clearly labeled in the top left corner as “Political Ad.” Next to it we will show “paid for by” information. We started testing the authorization process this week, and people will begin seeing the label and additional information in the US later this spring.
We’re also investing in artificial intelligence and adding more people to help find advertisers that should have gone through the authorization process but did not. We realize we won’t catch every ad that should be labeled, and we encourage anyone who sees an unlabeled political ad to report it. People can do this by tapping the three dots at the top right corner of the ad and selecting “Report Ad.”
View Ads and Searchable Political Archive
In Canada, we’ve been testing a new feature called view ads that lets you see the ads a Page is running — even if they are not in your News Feed. This applies to all advertiser Pages on Facebook — not just Pages running political ads. We plan to launch view ads globally in June.
In June we also plan to release a public, searchable political ads archive. This will contain all ads with the “Political Ad” label, and will show the image and text, as well as additional information like the amount spent and demographic audience information for each ad.
Increased Authenticity and Transparency for Pages
Today, we’re also announcing that people who manage Pages with large numbers of followers will need to be verified. Those who manage large Pages that do not clear the process will no longer be able to post. This will make it much harder for people to administer a Page using a fake account, which is strictly against our policies. We will also show you additional context about Pages to effectively assess their content. For example, you can see whether a Page has changed its name.
Why We’re Doing This
We know we were slow to pick-up foreign interference in the 2016 US elections. Today’s updates are designed to prevent future abuse in elections — and to help ensure you have the information that you need to assess political and issue ads, as well as content on Pages. By increasing transparency around ads and Pages on Facebook, we can increase accountability for advertisers — improving our service for everyone.
Trust me, they aren’t doing this for noble purposes. They are doing it to control who is able to post, including those with differing political views. This couldn’t be clearer than in Zuckerberg’s response to Senator Ted Cruz’s line of questioning concerning whether or not significant Democrat or “left-leaning” Facebook pages like Planned Parenthood had faced similar bans or back throttling such as conservative sites had received.
If they were serious about stopping interference in elections, then they would start by sorting out the lies of the Communist Democrat Party and being truthful with the American people. Sadly, they are teamed up with the likes of hookers, porn stars, dominatrixes and embezzlers when it comes to their “fact checking” process.
Don’t look to Facebook to be truthful when it comes to advertising nor the elections in the US.
As for Rep. Clarke, what can I say? Stupid people say absolutely stupid things. The color of one’s skin does not determine whether or not it will influence or prevent anything, but for Democrats, that seems to be the one thing they are consistent at, dividing people based on the melanin in their skin.
Article posted with permission from Freedom Outpost