Demo in front of Zuckerberg's home-protests Facebook's political advertising policies and more

More than 40 protesters shouted at a message in front of Tudor-style home in San Francisco, where Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg lives. The idea is to reject political ads that contain lies. Demonstrators raised colorful placards, wrote chalk messages on the sidewalk, and called them "wake up, Zuck!"


Over 40 protesters gathered
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A nearly one-hour protest on February 17, United States time, President's Day, a U.S. holiday, reaffirmed the growing criticism of Facebook. Disinformation is of paramount concern before the 2020 U.S. presidential election, after Russia's trolls use Facebook to divide the Americans. Despite the scrutiny of politicians and celebrities, Facebook has firmly decided not to send politicians' ads to third-party fact checkers. Zuckerberg has repeatedly reiterated that Facebook is on the lookout for political advertising, saying that people should make their own judgments about what politicians say.

Demonstrators also called for Facebook to prevent politicians from using ads that target specific demographics [micro-targeting ads] and to prevent Facebook from interfering with presidential elections. Google has limited the targeting of political ads, and Twitter has banned political ads.

Michael Petrelis and others wearing rainbow colored clothes protest

Michael Petrelis, from San Francisco, dressed in rainbow colors, criticized Zuckerberg for meeting Trump.
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Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

This article is from overseas CBS InteractivearticleWas edited by Asahi Interactive for Japan.

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