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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough rips Mark Zuckerberg in nearly 7-minute, blistering rant

Joe Scarborough sure woke MSNBC viewers up this morning, firing off a nearly 7-minute long rant ripping into Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The Morning Joe host on Wednesday railed against Facebook after a number of recent controversies, including the platform's decision to leave inflammatory or misleading posts by President Trump untouched, as well as a recent report on an alleged "Boogaloo" extremist charged with killing a federal officer and his disturbing posts in a Facebook group, per Mediaite. According to NBC News, Facebook said earlier this month it would stop recommending these far-right "Boogaloo" groups, a word used to refer to a second civil war, in its algorithm, but they're still "actively allowed on Facebook."

"He makes billions of dollars off of spreading lies, and letting people spread lies," Scarborough said of Zuckerberg, citing recent posts by Trump touting baseless conspiracy theories about Scarborough's late staffer and a 75-year-old Buffalo protester.

Scarborough grew more and more angry as he screamed that Facebook pushes people "towards extremist sites that kill federal officers! And Mark Zuckerberg becomes a billionaire! ... Because he's pushing people towards extremist sites that gun down and murder federal officials!"'

He continued by saying that if "Congress doesn't do something to make Mark Zuckerberg liable ... for the hatred and the lies and the libel that is being spread on his website, then American democracy will remain at risk," adding that Zuckerberg is "lying to the American people" and "Congress, and the next president of the United States, need to stand up to the billions and billions of dollars in Silicon Valley, and hold these people, hold these billionaires, accountable for their lies, and for their undermining American democracy." Watch the full, blistering rant below. Brendan Morrow