The Daily Show host Trevor Noah suggested Thursday night that Facebook would allow Adolph Hitler to buy ads on the social media giant, after several days of hearings in which social media companies explained how Russian-backed groups were allowed to push out messages during the 2016 election.
Noah was reacting to clips in which Facebook General Counsel Colin Stretch admitted the company should have been more alert to Russia's efforts.
"So would you guys let Hitler buy ads on Facebook?" Noah said, imitating the back-and-forth between Stretch and members of the Senate. "Well, I mean, how else will he reach his fans in Charlottesville?"
Noah charged that Facebook "loves money so much that they are not willing to put a limit on who they take it from."
In a series of hearings on Capitol Hill this week, representatives of Silicon Valley giants Facebook, Twitter and Google testified how Russia meddled in the 2016 campaigns by using purchased ads on social media.
In one hearing, Stretch was questioned by Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., who said the company should have been more aware of Russia's purchases, especially when they were made in rubles.
"In hindsight, we should’ve had a broader lens,” Facebook’s General Counsel Colin Stretch said. “It’s a signal we should have been alert to."