The Wall Street Journal: Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg defends free expression, will allow political adds without fact checking

WASHINGTON—Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg asserted his commitment to free speech over more aggressive policing of social-media platforms, in a rare policy speech that could have ramifications for the U.S. presidential campaign and social movements world-wide.

In a speech at Georgetown University, Zuckerberg

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 said he believes it is dangerous for people to focus more on their desired political outcomes than giving a range of voices the opportunity to be heard. He compared the current moment of political polarization to other periods of intense social change, including the civil-rights movement.

“Some people believe that giving more people a voice is driving division rather than bringing people together,” he said, reading from a teleprompter in an auditorium packed with students. “I am here today because I believe we must continue to stand for free expression.”

On Thursday, he said technology companies shouldn’t censor politicians in a democracy. “I don’t think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies believe to be 100% true,” he said. “We think people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying.”

An expanded version of this report appears at WSJ.com.

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