Nov 10, 2020

Facebook: Biden aide Bill Russo attacks post-election role

One of Joe Biden's senior aides has attacked Facebook over its handling of conspiracy theories, calls to violence and disinformation in the days following the US election. Mr Russo's comments point to Facebook facing further scrutiny over the months ahead. In December, Mr Biden told the New York Times: "I've never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know. I've never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he's a real problem." Mr Biden went on to suggest Facebook should lose legal protections that prevent it being sued for "Propagating falsehoods they know to be false". Another possible point of contact would be Jessica Hertz, formerly one of Facebook's senior lawyers, who joined the Biden campaign in September. The Guardian has also previously reported that Facebook uses lobbyists include a former assistant to Mr Biden among others with connections to the Democrats.

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