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Money, misinformation and Facebook's plans for the future

On Monday, Facebook employees wrote an open letter to the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, protesting the decision to let politicians run false claims on the platform. Reporter Adi Robertson on where the company goes from here.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before the U.S. House of Representatives financial services committee hearing in Washington on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Associated Press)

On Monday, Facebook employees wrote an open letter to the company's founder, Mark Zuckerberg, protesting the decision to let politicians run false claims on the platform.

This comes a week after Zuckerberg faced intense scrutiny from Congress over the issue, and while many Democratic politicians are calling for the tech giant to be broken up, to promote competition.

Reporter Adi Robertson from The Verge walks through the company's recent controversies, and how Zuckerberg has responded. "Regarding false ads, he sort of dodged the question," says Robertson. "There's an argument that if we're going to have limits on speech, it's dangerous for a massive company with a stranglehold on speech to have limitations on it." 

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