(PoliticalLookout.com)- Joe Biden and his campaign for presidency are playing both sides again.
Despite lambasting Facebook for allowing President Donald Trump’s campaign to peddle “misinformation” through ads on the site they paid for, Biden’s campaign is spending loads of money on the site to advertise his positions.
In just the last week, the Biden campaign spent $4.7 million for ads on the social media platform, according to Facebook’s records. That’s more than the campaign spent in total on Facebook for all of 2019.
It seems odd that Biden and his camp would be spending money on a platform that they are lambasting for their advertising policies. The Biden campaign is hoping to influence Facebook into changing its advertising policy to stop what they are calling false information that the Trump campaign and other pro-Trump organizers are paying for on the site.
Biden’s campaign has circulated a petition that calls for Facebook to have a stricter policy regarding fact checking for the company overall. They even published an open letter to Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of the company, saying other politicians are using Facebook to “spread fear and misleading information.”
On his own website, Biden said to Facebook:
“I am calling on you to make clear rules — applied to everyone, including Donald Trump — that prohibit threatening behavior and the spread of misinformation. After foreign operatives and rightwing trolls used Facebook to hack the 2016 election, Facebook vowed ‘never again’ and promised to take action.
“But with fewer than 5 months until the 2020 election, Facebook seems to be on a crash course to let the same mistakes happen again.”
Biden has been asking supporters of his to sign a petition drafted by his campaign against Facebook, encouraging them also to “slide into Facebook’s DMs and ask what they are doing.”
Despite pushing the rhetoric against Facebook hard, Biden’s campaign seems to be realizing that they desperately need the platform to try to reach their audience, too. In fact, the New York Times reported that Biden spent $1.6 million in just one day last week advertising on the social media platform.
One of the ads claimed Trump “won’t deliver anything more than Twitter tantrums and self-serving photos that require unleashing tear-gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protestors to get.”
The U.S. Park Police, which was responsible for managing the crowd at the Lafayette Square incident that the Biden ad refers to, disputed many of the claims the ad made, including that the protesters were “peaceful.” In a June 2 statement, the National Park Service said:
“At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protesters on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protesters also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had received calls for violence against police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats, and metal poles hidden along the street.”