Facebook curbs political ads - for 7 days before U.S. election

Facebook on phone sitting on laptop

Facebook on phone sitting on laptop

"It's important that campaigns can run get out the vote campaigns", Zuckerberg said, "and I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech, but in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims".

Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that Facebook would stop accepting new political ads in the week before the USA elections on November 3, and pointed to a series of new tools such as labels for posts claiming victory before the results are official or delegitimizing the outcome. "So if one of the candidates in any of the races claims victory before there's a consensus result, then we're going to add some informational context to that post directly saying that there's no consensus result yet".

In tandem, since the social networking behemoth has been bracing for a brisker US election with possible "civil unrest" and no immediate results, thanks to the mail-in voting, the company said in a statement later this week that it would be restricting issuance of new political ads a week before the US Presidential election adding it had also been working out an option to remove political posts that might result in civil unrest and could convey misinformation regarding the voting.

"If I did talk to him, you know, be clear about how - just the importance of making sure that people have confidence in the election", Zuckerberg told CBS.

Some activists hailed the new policies but said the onus will be on Facebook to enforce them.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sounded the alarm during an interview with Axios on HBO about the "heightened risk" of "violence or civil unrest" that could potentially occur during the time frame between election night and when the presidential victor is announced.

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"Voting starts in North Carolina tomorrow".

Posts with obvious misinformation on voting policies and the coronavirus pandemic will also be removed.

Angus said the trouble with companies the size of Google and Facebook is that they can just stop doing business in any country that legislates against them.

"Given the damage that Facebook has done to the electoral processes around the world, it shouldn't be up to Facebook to decide what steps they will take to make our electoral processes more trustworthy", said Angus.

"In the last seven days of the most important election in our history, President Trump will be banned from defending himself on the largest platform in America", Samantha Zager, the Trump campaign's deputy national press secretary, said. Users can only forward articles to a maximum of five others on Messenger, Facebook's messaging app. "This label will provide basic authoritative information about the integrity of the election and voting methods". Last year, Twitter banned political ads altogether.

Previously, Facebook had drawn criticism for its ads policy that cited freedom of expression as the reason for letting politicians like Trump post false information about voting.

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