Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently voiced her frustrations about Facebook’s effect on elections by saying that the company’s CEO should “pay a price for what he is doing to our democracy.”
The statement was made at a documentary screening in New York in response to a recent decision by the company not to fact-check politicians’ ads on the platform, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
At the event, Clinton was asked whether or not it was possible to have a “free and fair” election with the company’s current policy in place.
“I doubt it,” Clinton answered. “Propaganda works. People act like, ‘Oh, I wouldn’t be influenced.’ That is just baloney. If you are the recipient of how many billions of ads that come across your Facebook feed, you are going to be affected because negative information has a lasting effect.”
At a recent hearing before the House of Representatives, Zuckerberg defended the the decision, saying that “it is important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying.” Zuckerberg also took criticism from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin over the policy last week; the CEO responded with some of Sorkin’s own words about free speech from the movie “The American President.”
The Hollywood Reporter story goes on to say that the former secretary of state praised Twitter’s decision to not run paid political ads before commenting on Facebook’s supposed damage to the Democratic process.
This isn’t the first time that Clinton has criticized Facebook’s effect on an election. In fact, the platform’s influence on voters is one of the very long list of factors she’s since blamed for her loss to Donald Trump in 2016.
“If you look at Facebook, the vast majority of the news items posted were fake,” Clinton said of the election at a 2017 tech conference. At the same event she also blamed social media’s effect on “low information” voters and said that 2016 was the “first time that you had the tech revolution really weaponized politically.”