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Here’s how to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘unfiltered’ talk on free speech and the internet

Here’s how to watch Mark Zuckerberg’s ‘unfiltered’ talk on free speech and the internet
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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced (via a Facebook post, of course) that he will be giving a live speech about his “unfiltered” and “most comprehensive” views on “voice and free expression” on the internet. The speech will be live-streamed today at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET.

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Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Though he doesn’t refer to it in his Facebook post announcing the upcoming speech, it will follow almost a week after presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren repeatedly called Facebook out for allowing politicians and their supporters to run ads that contain patently false information. Warren said that by allowing this, Facebook has been turned “into a disinformation-for-profit machine.”

Matter of fact, to prove her point, Warren submitted a political ad to Facebook claiming Zuckerberg had endorsed Donald Trump for reelection. Warren says Facebook “quickly” approved the ad, which was made live on its platform.

This is hardly the first time Facebook has come under fire from politicians for allowing fake news to be distributed on its platform. Matter of fact, Facebook as a whole is a hot-button topic for politicians on both sides of the aisle. Some conservatives have long alleged that Facebook has a bias against those on the right.

As for Zuckerberg’s upcoming speech, it’s hard to believe that whatever he chooses to say will be welcomed by all on the left and right. As politicians know, and Zuckerberg is quickly learning, you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

To watch Zuckerberg’s speech live, simply go to his personal Facebook page at 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET. At the top of it, you’ll see the live-stream feed. A fair warning: You may want to set aside a good amount of time for the speech, as Zuckerberg said in his earlier post, “Sorry in advance for the length [of the speech]!”

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