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Mark Hamill quits Facebook over dishonest political ads

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Just need a way to financially punish those that spread fake news in a fair and just way. So long as it's not in their financial interest to do so, then they will naturally find the way to avoid it. But til then endless excuse will come.

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There is nothing new under the sun, except the silly name "fake news."

A term popularised by the current President of the United States, a man who has successfully perverted the definition of 'fake news' from its literal meaning of 'that which is not true' to the self-serving 'that which I do not agree with, and which does not agree with me'.

There will never be a magic agency or board of judges who can be relied on tell us what the truth is.

And there has never been an agency like Facebook, or its idiot sibling Twitter, which has had the power to extend the reach of the messages purveyed by liars and BS artists out to every corner of the globe where a person can afford a phone and an internet connection. And therein lies the problem.

People just need to be smarter. Unfortunately, all evidence suggests that we are getting dumber as a whole.

Brother, you can say that again. And as I remember when it all started, this was supposed to be the Age of Information.

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But what that means in practice, though, is that the onus is on political advertisers to ensure that their messages are free of lies, misrepresentations, and outright BS. I'm not sure they can, or want to, do that.

Well, sure. In 1000s of years of politics, the truth has never been a priority. There is nothing new under the sun, except the silly name "fake news." There will never be a magic agency or board of judges who can be relied on tell us what the truth is.

People just need to be smarter. Unfortunately, all evidence suggests that we are getting dumber as a whole.

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But many people still believe in free speech, and the way to ensure dishonesty is to have some version of Big Brother in charge of deciding what is and isn't honest, and what can and can't be published.

Yep, fair point, I agree with you. But what that means in practice, though, is that the onus is on political advertisers to ensure that their messages are free of lies, misrepresentations, and outright BS. I'm not sure they can, or want to, do that.

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Some posters here seem to think that honesty in advertising is a bad thing.

Nobody thinks that. But many people still believe in free speech, and the way to ensure dishonesty is to have some version of Big Brother in charge of deciding what is and isn't honest, and what can and can't be published. The founding fathers never said "free speech, as long as it is approved."

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Welcome to the club, Mark!

To the dark side, Facebook has fallen. Return, it might not.

Spoken like a true Yoda!

May Facebook be not with you..

That's Be with you may Facebook not be. But close enough!

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May Facebook be not with you..

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Some posters here seem to think that honesty in advertising is a bad thing. I can't see any explicit political bias in what Mark Hamill said, so I guess those posters are just assuming that it's their version of Fake News that would be threatened.

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Leftists want Facebook to censor Trump ads because they still can’t admit the real reasons they lost in 2016.

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Luke has given in to anger, hatred and fear.

Very disappointed.

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To the dark side, Facebook has fallen. Return, it might not.

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