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Top Facebook executive admits he ‘desperately’ wants Trump to lose but wants company to play fair

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Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of virtual and augmented reality, said he wants President Trump to lose the 2020 presidential election, but that Facebook should not help stop him from winning.

“I find myself desperately wanting to pull any lever at my disposal to avoid the same result,” Bosworth said about Trump’s election in a Dec. 30 company memo obtained by the New York Times. “So what stays my hand? I find myself thinking of the Lord of the Rings at this moment. Specifically, when Frodo offers the Ring to Galadriel and she imagines using the power righteously, at first, but knows it will eventually corrupt her.”

“As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear,” the executive added in the 2,500-word memo titled “Thoughts for 2020.” Bosworth admitted that Facebook’s current guidelines “very well may lead to” the reelection of Trump.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said Bosworth’s post was not “written for public consumption.” She added that the executive “hoped this post would encourage my co-workers to continue to accept criticism with grace as we accept the responsibility we have overseeing our platform.”

The comments come as Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage at the platform for not doing better regulating political ads, a criticism even some Facebook employees have shared.

More than 250 Facebook employees sent a letter to CEO Mark Zuckerberg in October asking the company to do more to police ads. “Free speech and paid speech are not the same thing. Misinformation affects us all,” the workers said in the letter. “Our current policies on fact-checking people in political office, or those running for office, are a threat to what FB stands for.”