Ocasio-Cortez: Zuckerberg, Facebook 'Bear Partial Responsibility' For Capitol Riot

Written by on January 16, 2021

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) argued throughout a digital city corridor on Friday that Fb’s reluctance to deal with radical misinformation on its platform was partly guilty for the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

“I imagine that that is immediately linked to the whole lack of accountability that monopolies like Fb need to democracy,” Ocasio-Cortez stated. “Mark Zuckerberg and Fb bear partial accountability for Wednesday’s occasions. Interval.”

The New York consultant stated that Fb handled white supremacist radicalization with “child gloves,” and introduced up Zuckerberg’s evasion of her questions when he testified earlier than Congress in 2019.

On the time, Ocasio-Cortez requested Zuckerberg why right-wing information retailers with ties to white supremacists, similar to The Every day Caller, have been labeled as official fact-checkers on the platform, and questioned his non-public dinner events with the likes of Tucker Carlson, the Fox Information pundit who has known as white supremacy a “hoax.”

Zuckerberg responded by saying that an impartial associate bore accountability for labeling The Every day Caller as a fact-checker — which isn’t totally true, on condition that Joel Kaplan, Fb’s vice chairman of worldwide public coverage and a former official in George W. Bush’s administration, pushed for the choice. Zuckerberg ignored Ocasio-Cortez’s query in regards to the dinner events.

“They’re at the moment doing as a lot harm management as attainable, however they knew,” Ocasio-Cortez stated on Friday, referring to the actual fact that there have been no less than 70 “Cease the Steal” teams energetic on Fb following the Capitol riot, in line with an investigation by Media Issues. “Not solely did they know, however they allowed it.”

Fb’s Chief Working Officer Sheryl Sandberg has argued that the Capitol assault was “largely organized” on platforms aside from Fb.

Following the riots, President Donald Trump was banned from the location, with Zuckerberg arguing that Fb had been used “to incite violent revolt towards a democratically elected authorities.”

On Saturday, Fb introduced that it could ban advertisements for weapon equipment and protecting gear within the U.S. for no less than two days after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Watch Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks beneath.

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