The unasked question is why does Facebook’s algorithm continue to favor outrage and disinformation over civility and discourse? We cannot fault campaigns for posting the content and promoting the ads that their data show are performing most effectively on the platform. With 52% of U.S. adults getting news on Facebook, it would be folly for a candidate not to engage and play by Facebook’s rules.
Facebook needs to address legitimate issues with disinformation and foreign interference in our elections, but Warren does a disservice in this debate by reframing it as a partisan issue. If she had her way, Facebook would never run another ad by a Republican again. That’s just not reasonable.