Sep 14, 2019

Facebook removes altered Conservative advertisement

Facebook has removed a Conservative Party advert which misrepresented a BBC News story. The party has said it is reviewing the way its Facebook adverts are produced. The advert started running on 2 September following a government announcement on new funding for primary and secondary schools in England. Analysis in the story queried the government's claims about its additional funding, with the BBC's head of statistics, Robert Cuffe, explaining the government was not calculating the spending increase in the usual way. Because budgets are normally discussed for individual years, he said the usual practice is to measure the spending increase for one year - usually the last where the increase is the largest.

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