- Activists installed a sea of Mark Zuckerberg cutouts in front of the US Capitol on Tuesday to protest “fake news.”
- Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, is set to testify before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees later on Tuesday.
WASHINGTON – Activists installed dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside the US Capitol on Tuesday, just hours before the tech mogul is set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees in a marathon joint hearing.
The Zuckerberg statues, each of which was wearing shirts that said “fix fakebook,” was organised by Avaaz, an online activist network.
Avaaz representative Nell Greenberg told Business Insider that the demonstration was meant to raise awareness about “fake news” and its ability to be amplified on Facebook.
The demonstration represents “the sea of fake trolls, bots, accounts that has flooded social media and really starting to threaten our democracies,” Greenberg said.
The group also sent a letter to Zuckerberg with a list of four demands that it said would help prevent fake news from permeating throughout the social-media platform.
“Crucial elections are just months away,” the letter reads. “Facebook’s motto used to be Move Fast and Break Things. Now you need to Move Fast and Fix Things.”
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