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Zuckerberg Claims Facebook Champions ‘Free Expression’ In Speech, After Banning Top Conservatives

Amid longtime charges of political bias waged by conservatives and Republicans, including President Trump, Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg assured Americans Thursday he is not using his company to censor and only removes “harmful” or “dangerous” content to prevent polarization and prevent violence.

Facebook, which has permanently banned top conservative journalists and pundits and purged hundreds of media outlets from its platform, relies on the American tradition of freedom of expression that is protected under the First Amendment but still has a responsibility to remove “harmful” content, Zucker claimed in a wide-sweeping speech to students at Georgetown University on Thursday.

“I am proud that our values at Facebook are inspired by the American tradition which is more important than anywhere else in the world,” he said. “But even American tradition recognizes that some speech infringes on other people’s rights.

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