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How Facebook's political unit enables digital propaganda

Some of unit's clients stifle opposition, stoke extremism


Lauren Etter Vernon Silver & Sarah Frier | Bloomberg 

Under fire for Facebook Inc’s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship. “We hope to give all people a voice and create a platform for all ideas,” Zuckerberg wrote in September after President Donald Trump accused Facebook of bias. Zuckerberg’s social network is a politically agnostic tool for its more than 2 billion users, he has said. But Facebook, it turns out, is no bystander in global politics. What he hasn’t said is that his company actively works with ...

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First Published: Wed, December 27 2017. 02:01 IST