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Biden campaign officials criticize Facebook’s 2020 election handling

first_img– Advertisement – In this photo illustration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seen on a mobile screen as he remotely testifies during the hearing of U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States.Pavlo Conchar | LightRocket | Getty Images On Wednesday, Megan Clasen, a senior paid media advisor for the campaign, criticized Facebook’s choice of words indicating that Biden had won the election.Two days earlier, Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, went on a 10-tweet condemnation of Facebook’s handling of misinformation:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Several Biden campaign officials have criticized Facebook’s handling of the 2020 election, suggesting that the incoming administration may not go easy on the company, which has come under increasing government scrutiny in recent years.Facebook already faces antitrust probes and investigations from several federal and state agencies. Among them is the Federal Trade Commission, which is likely to sue Facebook for antitrust violations before the end of the month, according to a report last week from Politico. Since first testifying before Congress in 2018 about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been called to explain his company’s actions to government officials multiple times. In 2020 alone, he has testified before the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Senate Commerce Committee and the FTC.Now, Biden officials have signaled they’re paying close attention.- Advertisement – In response to these tweets, a Facebook spokesman noted that others, albeit no Biden campaign officials, have praised the company’s handling of the election.Biden campaign digital director Rob Flaherty has also posted several tweets criticizing company’s policies on political ads.In an Oct. 29 statement, Flaherty accused Facebook of providing no clarity regarding its policy decision to against allowing any new political ads a week prior to the election. The policy was plagued by a technical issue that improperly blocked ads that were submitted before the deadline.Flaherty on Wednesday once again criticized Facebook’s ad policies, this time taking issue with the company’s decision to not allow any political ads until December — a decision that impacts the campaigns for the two unsettled Senate races in Georgia. The state has a runoff set for Jan. 5. After Facebook product management director Rob Leathern tweeted that the company did not have the technical capabilities to allow ads in one specific state while blocking them in others, Flaherty responded with a link to a Facebook statement from December 2018 in which the company announced that it would not allow local political ads in the state of Washington.Biden officials have made other complaints against Facebook well before the election. In September, the campaign sent a letter to Zuckerberg accusing the platform of backsliding on its work to protect democracy in the U.S.Specifically, the campaign criticized Facebook’s decision against prohibiting a video posted on the Trump campaign’s Facebook page featuring Donald Trump Jr. claiming without evidence that his father’s opponents have a plan “to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election.”“No company that considers itself a force for good in democracy, and that purports to take voter suppression seriously, would allow this dangerous claptrap to be spread to millions of people,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in the letter. “Removing this video should have been the easiest of easy calls under your policies, yet it remains up today.”last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsSeminar to discuss medicine safety MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital will host a free community seminar to provide information on a combination of prescriptions and over-the-counter medications. The event is slated from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 24 at the Wilkinson Senior Resource Center, 2019 Whittier Blvd. in Montebello. Participants are asked to bring their medications or a list of the medications they are taking for an evaluation. The goal is to educate individuals about what combinations of drugs and medications are safe or unsafe to take. For reservations, call (323) 725-4333. Camp registration begins Monday WHITTIER – Registrations for the city’s annual Summer Day Camp program will begin at 8 a.m. Monday at the Community Center, 7630Washington Ave. The program, slated from June 26 to Sept. 1, is open to children ages 5 to 12. Space is limited, and registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration fees are $80per child, per week, or $720 total pre-registration for all 10 weeks. A one-time $7T-shirt fee will also be charged at registration. Payment must be made at time of registration. The camp includes a healthy snack, weekly field trip, arts and crafts, sports, games and recreational swim. A mandatory parent’s meeting will also be held at 7 p.m. June 20 at the Whittier Senior Center, 13225 Walnut St., to review details of the program. For more information, call (562) 464-3430, ext. 434 or ext. 438. Posters offered to troops’ families LA MIRADA – Residents with immediate family members serving in the armed forces may obtain Blue Star posters to display in the windows of their homes to support local troops. La Mirada’s Blue Star Program is modeled after a federal program, which was established in 1942 to unite all families with loved ones in the armed forces. The Blue Star stands for hope and pride for the troops. To learn more about La Mirada’s Blue Star Program and its honorees, call (562) 943-0131. Design board positions available WHITTIER – The City Council is seeking applicants to fill two vacancies on the Design Review Board. The board recommends and approves architectural design for new buildings and exterior remodeling within the multiple-family and commercial areas of the city. Registered voters in the city are eligible to apply. The application deadline is June 2. To receive an application packet, call (562) 464-3330 or visit the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall, 13230 Penn St. – From staff and wire reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Whittier Transit will offer free rides to bicyclists Thursday as part of California Bike to Work Day. To get a free ride, passengers need to board the bus with their bicycles. Other area bus services offering free rides to bicyclists on Bike to Work Day are Norwalk Transit, Montebello Bus Lines, Metro Bus and Metro Rail. Bicyclists who travel via Metro on Bike to Work Day may pledge online at www.metro.net to receive a free tire-patch kit and also be entered into a drawing to win a commuter bike. To qualify to win additional prizes, register online at the official web site of the California Bicycle Coalition, www.californiabikecommute.com. last_img read more