Former Vice President Joe Biden rapped Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for possible ‘collusion’ for allowing Russians to take advantage of his platform — and says the tech giant should be subject to lawsuits for content it posts.

Biden issued the brush-back in an interview with the New York Times editorial board, which found he moved ‘fluidly’ among policy issues, even as he became occasionally ‘tangled in his own syntax’ during their meeting.

‘He should be submitted to civil liability and his company to civil liability, just like you would be here at The New York Times,’ Biden told the paper — referencing that people can sue a newspaper for libel if it prints falsehoods with malice or reckless disregard for truth.

Former Vice President Joe Biden attacked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for content on his site, saying he should ‘know better’

Biden called Zuckerberg a ‘real problem.’

‘I’ve never been a fan of Facebook, as you probably know. I’ve never been a big Zuckerberg fan. I think he’s a real problem,’ he said. 

Referencing the 2016 elections, when Russian bots and hackers exploited Facebook and other online platforms, he said: ‘Whether he engaged in something and amounted to collusion that in fact caused harm that would in fact be equal to a criminal offense, that’s a different issue.’

‘That’s possible,’ Biden said. ‘That’s possible it could happen. Zuckerberg finally took down those ads that Russia was running. All those bots about me. They’re no longer being run.’

Facebook Mark Zuckerberg holds a hearing titled «Facebook Social Media Privacy, the use and the abuse of data» in front of US Senate Judiciary committee at the US Hart Senate Building Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, Washington DC, 10 Apr 2018

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The Mueller report found Russian hackers used Facebook and other platforms for fake posts that tried to sow divisions and attack Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Biden continued: ‘He was getting paid a lot of money to put them up. I learned three things. Number one, [Russian President Vladimir] Putin doesn’t want me to be president. Number two, [North Korean dictator] Kim Jong-un thinks I should be beaten to death like a rabid dog and three, this president of the United States is spending millions of dollars to try to keep me from being the nominee. I wonder why,’ he said.





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Share 428 shares As the Times notes,  section 230 of the Communications Decency Act provides immunity from litigation for users of online platforms who pass on information by others. Biden urged Facebook to take down an ad posted by a pro-Trump super PAC in October that labeled him ‘Quid pro Joe’ and accused him of blackmailing Ukraine on the eve of a key debate in Ohio. 

‘He knows better,’ Biden said of Zuckerberg, who got grilled in Congress after the extent of the manipulation in the 2016 elections was revealed. Rival Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has called for breaking up Facebook and other tech giants.

‘And you know, from my healthevet perspective, I’ve been in the view that not only should we be worrying about the concentration of power, we should be worried about the lack of privacy and them being exempt, which you’re not exempt,’ he told the paper. 

‘The idea that it’s a tech company is that Section 230 should be revoked, immediately should be revoked, number one. For Zuckerberg and other platforms 

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