Facebook considers banning political ads ahead of US 2020 elections

The idea is to limit the spread of misinformation; however, Facebook is still to finalise the move

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Jul 13, 2020 9:03 AM
US Presidential Elections

Facebook is mulling the prospects of banning political ads on the social network ahead of the US elections in November, say media reports. The idea is to limit the spread of misinformation during this crucial phase. However, the tech giant is still to finalise the move, which is still in the discussion stage.

The idea to ban political ads comes at a time when Facebook has been severely criticised for its stand on alleged political vitriol. After the social media giant's inaction against US President Donald Trump's polarising post on Facebook, the company saw an exodus of over 900 advertisers like HUL and Coca-Cola.

After initially defending its action as part of its principles against stifling political free speech, Facebook has now announced that it will scrutinise content more thoroughly after overhauling its policies.

The US Presidential Election 2020 is scheduled for November 3. It will be the 59th quadrennial presidential election, which will see incumbent US President Donald Trump and Republican party nominee compete against former Vice President Democrat nominee Joe Biden.

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