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AOC vs. Zuckerberg is a TKO

AOC vs. Zuckerberg

On Wednesday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez asked Mark Zuckerberg the questions on all of our minds. When she did not get straight answers, the congresswoman was quick to point out his subterfuge.

The youngest woman to serve in the US House of Representatives masterfully utilized every second of her five minute window to hammer the slippery CEO on Facebook’s unregulated for-profit ad structure.

“You announced recently that the official policy of Facebook now allows politicians to pay to spread disinformation. In 2020 election and in the future. So I just want to know how far I can push this in the next year,” AOC began before exposing the dangers of the platform’s policy which allows misleading ads to freely pollinate political dissension at viral speed. Not to mention, the company’s alarming relationship with the Daily Caller, a publication with ties to white supremacists.

Moments before stating, “I think lying is wrong,” Zuckerberg continued to dodge the congresswoman’s questions, deferring to the International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), the organization he claimed to be responsible for appointing fact-checkers. While it is true that the IFCN does certify the organizations that meet the requirements for fact-checking, it is Facebook that chooses from within that pool who they will use.

AOC pulled no punches when she concluded by asking (rhetorically, of course), “So you would say that white supremacist tied publications meet a rigorous standard for fact checking?”

Mic drop. Receipts below.

Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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