Nov 2, 2019

General Election 2019: Facebook takes down 'political' advertising

Facebook says it has taken down government advertising that was accused of targeting voters in marginal election constituencies. The "MyTown" campaign promoted the government's £3.6bn Towns Fund in several key general election battlegrounds, such as Northampton, Milton Keynes and Mansfield. The ads went live on Tuesday, the same day Boris Johnson secured support for an early general election on 12 December. Facebook said the taxpayer-funded ads "Were not correctly labelled" as being about "Social issues, elections or politics", in line with its voluntary system to make social and political advertising more transparent. It comes as Facebook comes under pressure over its policies on fact-checking political advertising and as rival social media giant Twitter banned political adverts altogether.

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