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SHAPIRO: Maxine Waters And Al Green Spout Nonsense At Mark Zuckerberg
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 23: House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters (D-CA) talks with Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg after he testified to the committee for six hours in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill October 23, 2019 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg testified about Facebook's proposed cryptocurrency Libra, how his company will handle false and misleading information by political leaders during the 2020 campaign and how it handles its users’ data and privacy.
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On Thursday’s episode of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” The Daily Wire editor-in-chief talks about Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony regarding Facebook’s proposed cryptocurrency, Libra. Video and partial transcript below: 

So Maxine Waters questioned Zuckerberg, and she asked specifically about whether Zuckerberg was putting out misinformation. AOC did the same thing, [saying] are you willing to put out campaign ads that have overt lies in them? Zuckerberg is like, Well, not if they’re suppressing votes, right. I mean, that has national impact, but it’s not our job to evaluate for our readers true and false [statements] coming from prominent politicians. That’s their job, like more information is better. 

[But] Maxine Waters can’t handle it because Maxine Waters is not a logical human being. 

ZUCKERBERG: Facebook itself actually does not, it does not fact-check. What we do is, we have feedback that that people in our community don’t want to see viral hoaxes or —

WATERS: So let me be clear, you do no fact checking on any ads. Is that correct? 

ZUCKERBERG: Chairwoman, what we do is we work with a set of independent fact checkers who

WATERS: Somebody fact-checks on ads. You contract with someone to do that, is that right? 

ZUCKERBERG: Chairwoman, yes. 

WATERS: And tell me, who is it that they fact-check on? 

I mean, she just saying nonsensical questions. She’s conflating everything right there. The policy of Facebook is that when politicians put out ads, they do not fact-check the ads [in order to take them] down, because they feel the fact checkers are then going to fact-check those ads when it comes to people putting out direct attacks on people that are not politicians. 

When it comes to political speech, in other words, Facebook takes a pretty broad view, supposedly. When it comes to an advertiser who is advertising a product and they’re slandering somebody, then Facebook won’t put that up. That seems fairly clear. But these people don’t understand, even like the basics of how Facebook works. Why? Because they just decided that Big Tech is the bad guy unless they can control big tech, like listen to what they actually want. 

Here’s some of the dumb those were the more intelligent questions, believe it or not. You ready for this one? Here’s Al Green, Representative Al Green … asking how many LGBT people work on the [cryptocurrency] Libra. What? What now? That’s like saying how many gay people work at the United States Mint. Like what does that have to do with anything? Like, would it make the U.S. dollar less legitimate if there are fewer than 3% of the people who work on the U.S. dollar are gay? Here’s Green being a complete moron:

GREEN: One would assume that you would know who heads these corporations that are going to be running this global company? How many of them are minorities, Mr. Zuckerberg? 

ZUCKERBERG: Congressman, I do not know off the top of my head. 

GREEN: Are there any members of the LGBTQ-plus community associated with this association, Mr. Zuckerberg? 

What? Okay stop, How many transgender people are working on Libra? Like you’re getting called in from Congress, I feel like Congress may have overstepped its boundaries just a little bit. And listen, I don’t trust Zuckerberg, and I don’t trust anybody — listen, I don’t trust anybody in Big Tech to keep to their promises, but Zuckerberg has at least articulated a standard. 

You think I trust Al Green, who is questioning whether Libra should be able to go forward based on how many people who believe they’re a member of the opposite sex are working on the tech for Libra? It’s insanity. You want those people in charge of the country? 

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