President Donald Trump has already spent twice as much on Facebook ads as his would-be Democratic rivals -- combined -- and MSNBC's Joe Scarborough blasted the social media giant for undermining democracy with its woeful standards of objectivity.
The Trump campaign relied heavily on Facebook ads in 2016, which later fell under investigation for possible links to Russia collusion, and his digital team has remained largely intact for his re-election campaign and is doubling down on that strategy.
"Once again, as they did last time, they're pouring all all of their money into Facebook, trying to persuade people when people aren't paying attention," said Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei. "Thirty percent of people are getting their news on Facebook, and Fox News is the No. 1 performing media organization on Facebook."
The "Morning Joe" host called out Facebook for helping Trump poison the political debate with unchecked lies to an incurious voting public.
"People just read what they want to read," Scarborough said, "they go on Facebook, they read the lies and they believe the lies and that becomes their reality. So you ask why can Donald Trump lie as much as he does?"
"So much of it has to do with Facebook," he added. "He buys a lot of ads on Facebook. They have absolutely no standards. They allow lies to stand."