Gather at 21st Street and Fair Oaks
This Presidents Day, we will gather outside Mark Zuckerberg’s house near Dolores Park to let him know that we won’t be quiet in the face of his company undermining our democracy.
We are not sure what billionaires brunch on, but let’s give him some food for thought and a piece of our minds. It will be fun. We will be loud. And we will bring plenty of democracy bagels for everybody who shows up with a sign or a noisemaker.
Why? Zuckerberg’s San Francisco Bay Area technology company — Facebook — refuses to take responsibility for lies, hate, and disinformation spread on its platform. This irresponsibility is alarming — especially in light of the 2020 elections.
Facebook sells ads to U.S. politicians but imposes zero restrictions on lies and false claims and is happy to profit from micro-targeted advertising that’s being used to misinform, manipulate and incite hatred among vulnerable voters.
Facebook should recognize it has created a monster and stop politicians from being able to “buy and lie” in their campaign advertising in 2020. But don’t expect Facebook to let go of so much lucrative attention and influence without a fight. We are ready to fight and to wake the Zuck up!
Facebook should: Refuse political ads that lie, refuse to sell political ad microtargeting, and deny service to anyone seeking to disrupt the 2020 election.
Please join us on President’s Day to “Wake the ZUCK up”. Don’t let disinformation on Facebook ZUCK UP our next election.
To join our Palo Alto protest, email andreabuffa2006 [at] gmail.com.
Brought to you by Global Exchange, Media Alliance, Indivisible SF Peninsula/CA-14, CodePink Golden Gate, Raging Grannies Action League, MediaJustice, and the crew at Don’t Let Facebook ZUCK UP Our Democracy.
Wake The Zuck Up: Manipulation for Profit Isn’t Free Speech
The world’s biggest social media platform collected over $20 million dollars from the Trump administration in just the last year.
Those 218,000 ads used sophisticated micro-targeting based on Facebook’s cavernous catalog of personal data, to aim messages where they would most likely to be believed, and hide them from audiences more likely to be able to rebut them. This isn’t open dialogue and debate.
This is manipulation for profit, not free speech.
We’re visiting the Zuckerberg house on President’s Day to say stop profiting from sabotaging democracy under a fig leaf of free speech. With bagels.
What do we want? Three things.
1. Hold political ads from candidates seeking our votes to the same standards Facebook imposes on community groups and not for profit organizations,
2. Limit targeting on political ads from candidates to geography and not preferences developed from intrusive tracking and profiling of our online activities.
3. Don’t provide a platform for hate speech designed to terrorize vulnerable communities and incite hatred.
These aren’t radical demands. Even Facebook’s own employees have called for them.
On the morning of President’s Day, February 17th at 10am, we won’t be quiet about Facebook zucking up the 2020 election and our entire political process.
As we told the press: We’re not willing to cede a communications network that reaches billions of people to the unfettered practices of a corporation that cares more about its profits than about our democracy. Not without a fight.
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