House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) slammed tech giant Facebook on Thursday, accusing the social media company of abusing technology to mislead users and calling its behavior “shameful.”
“The Facebook business model is strictly to make money. They don’t care about the impact on children, they don’t care about truth, they don’t care about where this is all coming from, and they have said even if they know it’s not true they will print it,” Pelosi said at a press conference.
“I think they have been very abusive of the great opportunity that technology has given them,” she added.
Pelosi’s comments came in response to a question about whether Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg or other tech executives, largely based in or near Pelosi’s San Francisco-area district, have too much power. Facebook has at least one office in Pelosi’s district.
“All they want are their tax cuts and no antitrust action against them,” Pelosi said of Facebook. “And they schmooze this administration in that regard because so far that’s what they have received.”
The social media giant and and its CEO have come under fire in recent months, largely from Democrats, over the company’s ad policy as well as concerns over antitrust issues.
Facebook has defended its policy to allow ads with false information as an effort to promote free speech on its platform.
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Source: The Hill