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Facebook extends stop for political ads for one month

David Perdue et al. that are talking to each other Raphael Warnock Senator Kelly Loeffler Jon Ossoff Senator David Perdue are seen in this combo Facebook extends its temporary ban on political ads for another month
Bennie Garza | 14 November, 2020, 21:32

Facebook and Google plan to extend their bans of political ads in a bid to prevent confusion about election results, although sources have projected Joe Biden as the victor.

This announcement by Facebook has raised concerns from campaigns and groups who are eager to reach voters for key Georgia races in January that will decide control of the Senate, Al Jazeera reported.

"By continuing its political ad ban during this runoff, Facebook & Google are suppressing free speech". "We changed our products to ensure fewer people see false information and are made aware of it when they do, and highlighted reliable election information where almost everyone on Facebook and Instagram saw that Vice President Biden was the projected victor of the USA election".

The video-sharing company bans "demonstrably false" claims about the election process, but has used the tool sparingly, saying hyperbolic statements about a political party "stealing" the election does not violate the policy. Google representatives have told some advertisers it is unlikely to lift its ban in November or December, the people said.

Follow his apparent election defeat, Donald Trump's tweets claiming widespread voter fraud in favour of his opponent were covered with official captions describing them as "disputed".

Facebook has told advertisers that it intends to extend its ban on political adverts in the United States for another month, to prevent confusion and abuse on the platform.

The bans mean that the platforms are not now accepting election ads ahead of the two U.S. Senate runoff races in Georgia that could decide control of that chamber. They also urged clients to "get your message out through organic posts", rather than through paid digital ads.

The tech companies initially indicated the bans would last a week after Election Day but could be extended.

Facebook informed political strategists on Wednesday that the social media platform would be extending its ban on political ads for a further month, as the state of Georgia is poised to enter into two Senate seat runoffs that will determine partisan control of the US Congress.

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said those emergency measures would not be permanent, but that rollback was "not imminent". Social Media giants, in their clampdown on alleged misinformation, have restricted the use of political adverts. "Natural disinformation is the precise downside on these platforms, and persevering with to ban advertisements is now actively unsafe to organizations working to inform Georgia's various voters concerning the January runoffs". 'Clearly President Trump does not think the election is over so I don't think the platforms should treat it as if it does, ' she said.

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