Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Facebook is a ‘problem’ for democracy and society
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Tuesday that America has a “Facebook problem” in response to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign ads calling for big tech companies to be broken up.
Ms. Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat and 2020 presidential candidate, said Friday that one of her campaign policies would be to break up tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Amazon, and she ran online ads touting that position.
However, Politico reported Monday that Facebook had taken down many of Ms. Warren’s ads about breaking up the big tech companies, with a message saying, “This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook’s advertising policies.”
The social networking app reversed that decision as soon as the Politico story broke, saying the ads were removed “because they violated our policies against use of our corporate logo” but were restored to allow “robust debate.”
Ms. Warren responded that Facebook was a “censor.”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrat, has also shared her concerns, saying on Twitter Tuesday that society “has a Facebook problem.”
“Just because a monopoly business happens to be online, that doesn’t mean it’s good,” she tweeted. “Facebook may have its own problems, but it’s increasingly starting to look like our society (namely, our democracy) has a Facebook problem.”
Ms. Ocasio-Cortez has been outspoken against tech monopolies, applauded Amazon’s decision to abandon a planned headquarters in New York and tweeted that “journalism dies” if tech monopolies continue to go unchecked.