11.06.19 ‒11.19.19 ‒ vol. 15

Users Call for Facebook Boycott November 5th to November 11th to protest Facebook’s Political Ad Policy

Progressive Women of Pelham (PWP) are calling upon Facebook users to boycott Facebook from November 5th to November 11th to protest Facebook’s political advertising policy.  The group has used the platform to organize itself, debate, and share ideas for years while growing increasingly alarmed with Facebook’s repeated violations of users’ trust.

 

Facebook recently announced that politicians and their campaigns would have nearly free rein over content they post of their site. In dissent, hundreds of Facebook employees sent a signed letter to Mr. Zuckerberg and other executives with many sound action items. Ad policy suggested improvements included, holding the treatment of political ads to the same standard as other ads, restricting targeting of political ads and implementing spending caps.

 

The Facebook employee letter further added that the recent change doesn’t “protect voices, but instead allows politicians to weaponize our platform by targeting people who believe that content posted by political figures is trustworthy.”

 

PWP wholeheartedly agrees with these suggestions intended to reduce the harm to our democracy from false claims in political advertising.

 

The compiled letter can be found at

 

nytimes.com/2019/10/28/technology/facebook-mark-zuckerberg-letter.html

 

To stay in communication with Progressive Women of Pelham outside of Facebook,  email your contact information to progressivewomenofpelham@gmail.com

 

Progressive Women of Pelham is a grassroots political action group for organizing with focus on local and state elections, representatives, policies and issues, as well as national elections and issues at the congressional and federal level.

 

 

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