Ads that question the outcome of elections are now banned on Facebook and Instagram. That is what Rob Leathern, who is concerned with the integrity of advertisements at Facebook, said on Twitter.
According to him, these include advertisements labeling a particular voting method as fraudulent or corrupt, as well as using isolated cases of electoral fraud to undermine the outcome of the entire election.
Facebook’s political advertising policy has been under fire for some time as the platform refuses to fact-check its content. With this measure, the company is therefore somewhat meeting that criticism. The company previously decided not to allow new advertising campaigns a week before the elections. Existing campaigns are allowed to continue.
Peaceful transfer of power
Last week, President Trump said he could not guarantee a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the November US presidential election. “Well, we have to see what happens,” he said when asked by a reporter. He then again expressed his doubts about voting by post.
Facebook has already said that it is not allowed to place ads prematurely proclaiming victory. Normal messages from Trump and Biden about the ballot box are labeled.
Facebook has also announced that since the beginning of this week, it has been banning ads expressing support for civilian military movements and QAnon, a far-right conspiracy theory that has blown over from the US. Business channel CNBC also reports that members of Facebook groups affiliated with QAnon will see posts from those groups lower in their timeline. The idea is that the messages are therefore less likely to be seen.