The Trump campaign fired back at Facebook after the social media giant’s CEO told employees the company will implement new strategies close to the election.
Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary of the Trump campaign, said Facebook’s latest policies, which include preventing new political ads one week before the election and posts from campaigns it deems prematurely declare victory, are an attempt by the “Silicon Valley Mafia” to prevent President Trump from defending himself from political attacks during the final stretch of the contest.
“In the last seven days of the most important election in our history, President Trump will be banned from defending himself on the largest platform in America. When millions of voters will be making their decisions, the President will be silenced by the Silicon Valley Mafia, who will at the same time allow corporate media to run their biased ads to swing voters in key states,” Zager said in a statement given to the Washington Examiner.
“If Democrats drop another fake Russian disinformation dossier on the President, the media will run wild with it, launching targeted ads at swing voters, and the President will be unable to respond. We know Big Tech hates Donald Trump, we know some of their employees have engaged in the leftist riots staged by Joe Biden’s supporters, and now we know they are silencing the President at the most important time of all,” Zager added.
A Democratic data firm funded by billionaire and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said a possible election scenario includes a “red mirage” in which the amount of mail-in ballots cast in the election could show Trump with an initial landslide victory on election night even though he may lose to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden once all the mail-in votes are counted.
“This election is not going to be business as usual,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a note to employees on Thursday. “Since the pandemic means that many of us will be voting by mail, and since some states may still be counting valid ballots after election day, many experts are predicting that we may not have a final result on election night.”
Zuckerberg has said his company’s policies diverge from other social media companies, such as Twitter. In May, Zuckerberg said he didn’t think Facebook should be in the business of fact-checking posts from users. However, he said the intensity of the upcoming election requires the initiatives in order to avoid the spread of claims of false victory.
“I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech, but in the final days of an election, there may not be enough time to contest new claims,” Zuckerberg said.
Author: Anthony Leonardi
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump campaign rips ‘Silicon Valley Mafia’ after Facebook bans new campaign ads week before election