Activist Sharpton takes Facebook ad concerns to Zuckerberg’s home

SAN FRANCISCO: Civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton said he had a "no-holds-barred meeting" with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook CEO's home on Monday (Nov 4) over the company's decision not to fact-check ads and other content from politicians.

The meeting, which Sharpton said lasted nearly two hours at Zuckerberg's Palo Alto house, included multiple civil rights activists and Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg.

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"We told him that we feel that the exemption for politicians could be used to suppress voting, give wrong messaging and could suppress census taking," Sharpton told Reuters in a phone interview on Monday after the meeting.

"He listened," said Sharpton, who had sent Zuckerberg a letter to request the meeting. "He made no firm commitments of change but he seemed open," he added.

Zuckerberg told Congress last month Facebook would take down content from politicians that could risk voter or census suppression. Sharpton said, however, he thought that a wide array of content from politicians could indirectly cause such suppression.

Ahead of the US presidential election in November 2020, Facebook's policy has also been slammed by Democratic candidates and was recently criticized by some of its employees in an internal letter.

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Twitter Inc's decision last week to ban all political advertising has also heightened scrutiny of its larger rival's stance.

Facebook said in a statement it was grateful that the civil rights leaders took the time to attend the dinner with Zuckerberg and Sandberg.

"They discussed a range of important issues and we look forward to continuing these conversations," the statement said.

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