It appears that Facebook is willing to do whatever it can to get on former Vice President Joe Biden’s good side.
Facebook is reportedly planning to promote the COVID-19 vaccine and the Paris climate agreement in order to “charm” Biden, the Financial Times reported.
“Company executives are planning a major push to encourage users to take a coronavirus vaccine, as well as incentivising people to share content related to the Paris climate agreement, which Joe Biden has promised to rejoin, in the hopes of winning favour in Washington,” said the Times.
Facebook has already “displayed warnings on about 167 million pieces of content on Facebook based on COVID-19 related debunking articles,” Facebook’s Vice President of Integrity, Guy Rosen, bragged in a Nov. 19 call with reporters.
The New York Times reported that, after the election, Facebook began to change its algorithm “to make sure authoritative news appeared more prominently, said three people with knowledge of the decision, who were not authorized to discuss internal deliberations.
Reclaim the Net reported: “The pro-coronavirus vaccine messaging is reportedly going to be part of a ‘major push’ and Facebook is considering publishing a banner ad at the top of users’ News Feeds that encourages them to take a coronavirus vaccine after it has been approved.”
Facebook is not only planning to promote the COVID-19 vaccine. “The company is also working on how to promote action on climate change, including a range of new stickers, buttons and other functions to encourage users to share content about the Paris climate agreement, which Mr. Biden has promised to re-join,” said the Times.
Although Biden has not laid out many specific policy positions on Big Tech, he does not appear to be a fan of Facebook, or its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. In January, Biden told The New York Times Editorial Board that Section 230 should be “revoked, immediately.” In the same interview, he said “I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem.”
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