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Facebook co-founder: Allowing false political ads skirts 'responsibility to democracy'

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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes spoke out Friday against the social network's controversial policy regarding political ads.

The social network has faced intense criticism for its rules that allow politicians to make whatever claims they want -- true or untrue -- in ads that run on the platform.

Last month, more than 250 Facebook employees signed an open letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg condemning the policy.

During a speech at Georgetown University last month, Zuckerberg defended the policy by highlighting the social network's commitment to free speech and expression, versus the suppression of speech.

Hughes' comments come as Facebook faces criticism on several fronts, including for data misuse, questions about election integrity, and misinformation.

In May, he published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for the breakup of the company he co-founded.

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