Aaron Sorkin states Mark Zuckerberg is ‘attacking reality’ with Facebook advertisement policy

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Playwright and film writer Aaron Sorkin is differing with Facebook’s policies on political advertisements — particularly, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s defense that his business should not fact-check the claims political leaders make. Sorkin, who’s lagged programs handling the worlds of news and politics like The West Wing and The Newsroom, composed the movie script for the 2010 movie The Social Network, informing the story of Facebook’s early days.

In an open letter in The New York Times, released Thursday, Sorkin mentioned an advertisement from the Trump project targeting Democratic governmental enthusiastic Joe Biden:

“Every square inch of that is a lie and it’s under your logo,” Sorkin composed. “That’s not defending free speech, Mark, that’s assaulting truth.”

He likewise indicated Zuckerberg’s own demonstrations over The Social Network and how it represented him. 

“You and I want speech protections to make sure no one gets imprisoned or killed for saying or writing something unpopular, not to ensure that lies have unfettered access to the American electorate,” Sorkin stated.

Facebook didn’t right away react to an ask for remark. Zuckerberg did post on Facebook a quote from the 1995 film The American President, which Sorkin composed. Part of the quote checks out: “You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.” 

The letter comes a week after Zuckerberg affirmed prior to Congress and addressed concerns on the problem of when the social media network would or would not pull deceptive political advertisements.

Originally released Oct. 31, 9: 22 a.m. PT.
Update, 12: 04 p.m.: Adds Facebook post from Mark Zuckerberg.


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