Fact-check political ads on Facebook

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Paul Richmond
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After a Sept. 19 meeting between Donald Trump and Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook announced on Sept. 24 that it would not be fact-checking political ads.

We know that Facebook played a tremendous role in the spread of misinformation resulting in the disastrous 2016 election. Trump's team pours millions of dollars into advertising blatant lies. By looking the other way - and profiting from the advertising revenue - Zuckerberg and Facebook are complicit in the corruption of our election process. It's time for them to do better, and we need to hold them accountable.

Small businesses who advertise on Facebook should not be held to a higher ethical standard than politicians. As an independent artist, I can't buy advertising on Facebook with blatant lies. So why can the president?

While I am focusing on Trump in this commentary because he is leading the charge, this is truthfully a bi-partisan issue. We all benefit when integrity is prioritized over profit. With so much uncertainty about foreign interference in our elections and the use of social media to spread outright lies in order to sway votes, this should be at the top of Mark Zuckerberg's priority list.