Liberals Dislike Zuckerberg's Political Ads

Facebook in crosshairs thanks to strategy

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted May 2, 2013 10:21 AM CDT

(Newser) – As Facebook announced its earnings yesterday, a small crowd of protesters gathered outside its headquarters, wearing hazmat suits and chanting things like, "Keystone, take a hike. Facebook dislike." It was the latest sign of the backlash the company is facing over Mark Zuckerberg's new political organization, FWD.us, which the LA Times reports has hit a nerve among progressives. Environmental groups are accusing the group of promoting things like the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling in ANWR.

The main thrust of FWD.us is in fact immigration reform, and it's backing Republicans who do the same—including touting their conservative bonafides. But activists aren't buying that distinction. "Mark Zuckerberg can't have it both ways. He can't be for Keystone XL and for clean energy at the same time," says the political director at Credo Mobile. "Zuckerberg and Facebook need to choose." The group tried placing an ad on Facebook decrying the FWD.us ads. Facebook rejected it, because it used an image of Zuckerberg's face without permission, the Washington Post reports.

In this Thursday, March 20, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.
In this Thursday, March 20, 2013 file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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One of the ads reportedly funded by Zuckerberg's group.   (YouTube)
Another ad funded by FWD.us.   (YouTube)

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