During the recent questioning of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Rep Alexandria Ocasio Cortez demonstrated her complete lack of understanding of the First Amendment.
According to Town Hall:
“I just want to know how far I can push this,” an indignant Ocasio-Cortez asked during the hearing.”Could I pay to target predominately black zip codes and advertise them the incorrect election date?”
Zuckerberg responded, “No, congresswoman. You couldn’t,” citing the census-and-voter-suppression policy Facebook plans on implementing.
Knowing the unpopularity of her legislation, Ocasio-Cortez then asked Zuckerberg if she “could run ads targeting Republicans in primaries saying they voted for the Green New Deal?” Zuckerberg answered, “I don’t know the answer off the top of my head, but I think probably.” Ocasio-Cortez then asked, “Do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact-checking on political advertisements?”
Zuckerberg attempted to explain the concept behind the First Amendment to the congresswoman and how honesty is usually the best policy. “I think lying is bad, and I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie, that would be bad. That’s different from it being, in our position, the right thing to do to prevent your constituents or people in an election from seeing that you had lied.”
Zuckerberg ended his response by stating that in a democracy people should be able to judge the character and believability of a politician for themselves.