Oct 31, 2019

Facebook challenged over political ad policy

Facebook says it will fact-check ads posted by one political candidate in California, after previously saying it would not do so for politicians. To test the policy, Californian Adriel Hampton registered as a candidate and tried to run a misleading ad. But Facebook blocked the ad and said Mr Hampton had "Registered as a candidate to get around our policies". In September, Facebook clarified its fact-checking policy and said it would treat all posts by politicians as "Newsworthy content" that should "Be seen and heard". She asked whether she would be allowed to run ads on Facebook falsely claiming that Republican candidates had backed the "Green New Deal" environmental policy. Mr Hampton posted on Twitter, asking whether any US politician would run the false ad to test Facebook's policy.

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