Facebook has faced repeated criticism for its policy , but CEO Mark Zuckerberg is again defending the social network's decision. In an interview that aired Monday, Zuckerberg said that it's important for people to judge for themselves what politicians are saying.
"What I believe is that in a democracy, it's really important that people can see for themselves what politicians are saying, so they can make their own judgments," Zuckerberg told CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. "And, you know, I don't think that a private company should be censoring politicians or news." (Editors' note: CNET is owned by CBS.)
Zuckerberg has been defending the social network'sas it tries to strike a balance between free speech and . Facebook faces mounting pressure to do more to stop misinformation, hate speech and other offensive content on the world's largest social network, which has nearly 2.5 billion users.
Facebook has been considering changes to its political ads policy but its stance on the issue differs from other tech companies.has banned political ads, but its rules include exceptions for ads about hot-button issues such as immigration and climate change if they don't advocate for a candidate or legislation. said in November it's restricting targeting for election ads to age, gender and postal code.
Facebook has also faced allegations that it, which it has repeatedly denied.
Zuckerberg, who was being interviewed alongside his wife, Priscilla Chan, alsoat the White House in October. Zuckerberg said they talked about a "number of things" that were on the president's mind but didn't offer specifics, saying it was a "private discussion."
Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for additional comment.
Originally published Dec. 2, 6:44 a.m. PT.
Updates, 7:02 a.m.: Adds more details from interview. 12:12 p.m.: Adds more background.