Right-Wing Facebook Exec Warned in ’16 That Purging Fake News Would ‘Disproportionately Affect Conservatives’: Report

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In December 2016, the head of Facebook’s Washington office, a former Bush White House official, warned against a massive purge of misleading information and accounts pushing conspiracy theories from the site because the move would “disproportionately affect conservatives.”

According to an extensive story in the Washington Post, Facebook DC executive Joel Kaplan urged the company’s leadership in Silicon Valley to refrain from a “fake news” purge in a video conference call not
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