Quantcast
Connect with us

Donald Trump’s campaign is using Facebook to scam his own supporters

Published

on

Facebook promised its billions of users that it would be better when it comes to fake news. One year later, Facebook seems to be turning against that promise.

Last week, President Donald Trump and his allies posted doctored videos of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), which falls under Facebook’s category of “false or misleading news.” Facebook, however, said that it wouldn’t remove the video because so many people had posted it.

The Verge interviewed journalists Facebook hired to research and flatten “fake news” on their platforms. Sometimes it takes up to a few days to remove the “fake news.” As the adage goes: “A lie travels around the globe while the truth is putting on its shoes.” Such is the case with Facebook’s fake news problem.

In a Popular Information interview, Facebook admitted that although it hired 15,000 people around the world to stop the proliferation of false information on their platform, it is relying primarily on “automated tools” to pass political ads.

That is how Trump’s 2020 campaign manages to promote false or misleading information to their own campaign supporters. Tuesday, March 28, the Trump campaign began running dozens of ads promoting a contest for supporters where they can enter to win a free “Make America Great Again” hat that is signed by the president. The deadline was at midnight tonight.

Screen capture via Popular Information

ADVERTISEMENT

But they ran the same ad on Memorial Day saying that the deadline to enter the contest was midnight May 27.

It’s a clear violation of Facebook’s rules prohibiting “misleading or false content.” Facebook is likely making a lot of money off of the campaign from the Trump campaign, but it’s unknown if that is the motivation for refusing to enforce the rules others are forced to follow.

“Most of the time, coverage of Trump’s tactics on Facebook involves misleading the public about an important political issue,” Popular Information reported. “But this is a standard grift that seeks to manipulate people to extract email addresses and, ultimately, money.

ADVERTISEMENT

The MAGA hat contest isn’t the only problem, however. Trump is also running ads saying Democrats want to repeal the Second Amendment, despite no Democrats suggesting a law to do so.

Interestingly, Trump and other conservatives have spent a lot of time playing the victim and saying that they are mistreated or censored by social media sites, including Facebook. This was one of the ways Russia was able to push so much false information on the platform in 2016. The company was fearful Republicans would complain if they censored the false information and the Russian ads promoting Trump, Mashable reported last year.

“This is why Trump spends a lot of time claiming that Facebook is biased against conservatives,” Popular Info stated. “Trump’s campaign can then violate the rules and, whatever happens, it helps him. If Facebook does nothing, the campaign gets to continue to run false ads. If Facebook acts, Trump claims that it is proof of bias, an issue that fires up his core supporters.”

It’s unclear if Facebook intends to enforce their rules on Republicans for the 2020 election or only suppress progressive content.

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Nancy Pelosi says White House attempt to block Hope Hicks testimony is ‘obstruction of justice’

Published

on

Nancy Pelosi clap

President Donald Trump's White House is committing obstruction of justice by claiming Hope Hicks has "immunity" from testifying before Congress about her time in the administration and even transition.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked about the administration's contention by CNN congressional reporter Manu Raju.

Pelosi replied that it was, "obstruction of justice."

The answer could be important as Congressional precedence says that obstruction of justice is a high crime or misdemeanor worthy of impeachment.

Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

Ocasio-Cortez dunks on Liz Cheney again for using Nazi language to defend Trump: ‘Enjoy defending concentration camps’

Published

on

Dick Cheney's daughter continued to receive ferocious backlash after she falsely claimed that Donald Trump's tent cities are not "concentration camps."

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) demanded Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) learn history -- while revealing she knew little -- during a Twitter outburst.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something ... we need to do something about it," Ocasio-Cortez noted.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

Right-wing radio show ratings tank as host undermines Trump’s ‘promises made, promises kept’ re-election slogan

Published

on

The fact Donald Trump's base sticks with him no matter what he does is negatively impacting a conservative radio host attempting to hold the president accountable for his campaign promises.

Michael Alan Weiner, who goes by the stage name Michael Savage, hosts the "Savage Nation" radio show.

The host once praised Trump as the "Winston Churchill of our time" has been criticizing the president recently, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

"Now Mr. Savage is an outlier once again, dismayed more each day as the budget deficit continues to swell, thousands of new migrants are apprehended at the border, and the wall Mr. Trump promised to erect and make Mexico pay for remains unbuilt," The Times explained.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

I need your help.

Investigating Trump's henchmen is a full time job, and I'm trying to bring in new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have more stories coming you'll love. Join me and help restore the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link

Investigating Trump is a full-time job, and I want to add new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have stories coming you'll love. Join me and go ad-free, while restoring the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link