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Connections: Debating Facebook's role in vetting news stories and political ads

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What is Facebook's role when it comes to vetting news stories and political ads? Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and Mark Zuckerberg recently debated the issue. Facebook’s current policy for political ads allows politicians to lie, and it doesn’t fact-check, but recent cases have tested the limits of that policy, and Facebook has made exceptions. Meanwhile, Twitter has decided to ban all political ads in advance of the 2020 election. 

This hour, our guests discuss the issues, free speech, and the impact social media has on shaping public opinion. In studio:

  • Mike Johansson, social media teacher and strategist in Rochester
  • Scott Malouf, attorney whose practice is focused on the intersection of social media and the law

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.
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