Eric Goldman co-wrote an opinion piece for the San Francisco Chronicle with Irina Raicu of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at SCU, arguing that social media companies need to permanently ban political advertising.

“Most importantly, even when a politician’s lie is apparent, social media services are nervous about fact-checking people with the power and motivation to regulate them. It is far easier for the services to acquiesce to lies from powerful people and hope that someone else — an opponent, the media, voters — will do the much-needed fact-checking instead. The services’ reticence to intervene creates an ecosystem where politicians routinely get away with lying.”