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Facebook’s Political Ad Business Is Lots of Pain and Little Gain

Oct. 16, 2019, 3:45 PM

When Elizabeth Warren wanted everyone to see her lie, she paid Facebook to spread it for her.

Warren, a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and a 2020 U.S. presidential hopeful, took out a series of Facebook ads in early October claiming that the company’s chief executive officer, Mark Zuckerberg, had endorsed Donald Trump for president. That wasn’t true, and Warren knew it. But she wanted to make a point: that Facebook Inc.’s policy, which states the company does not and will not fact-check political ads, is dangerous.

Fake ad placed by Elizabeth Warren on Facebook.
Courtesy: Facebook

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