Facebook co-founder: Allowing false political ads skirts ‘responsibility to democracy’

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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says the company should be broken up.


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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes spoke out Friday against the social network’s controversial policy regarding political ads. 

The social network has faced intense criticism for its rules that allow politicians to make whatever claims they want — true or untrue — in ads that run on the platform. Last month, more than 250 Facebook employees signed an open letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg condemning the policy. 

“It’s an abnegation of [Facebook’s] responsibility to democracy,” Hughes said at an event in San Francisco organized by the American Constitution Society, a progressive nonprofit. Hughes, who left Facebook in…

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