Facebook is lifting its ban on political, social-issue ads put in place after 2020 US presidential election
Facebook halted political ads in the US ahead of the presidential elections that were held in November 2020.
Reportedly, as of now, the potential ban is only being discussed and has not been finalised.
The updated Facebook Ad Library will allow users to control the frequency of political ads on the news feed.
Facebook CEO Zuckerberg reportedly says that US President Trump did not discourage him to ban political ads
Trump has openly castigated Facebook repeatedly, accusing it of being biased in favour of Democrats.
Facebook’s policy is to accept paid political ads from candidates without fact-checking them or censoring them, even if they contain lies.
Google will limit audience targeting for election ads to age, gender and general location at a postal code level.
Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel has joined the chorus of voices in support of fact-checking politicians.
Facebook’s policy is to accept paid political ads from candidates without fact-checking them.
This comes when Facebook is facing growing pressure to stop selling ads that spread inaccurate information.
Zuckerberg said that his company will not remove political ads from candidates, even if false.
Facebook recently also pulled down some 700 posts and accounts in India to counter the misinformation problem.
Facebook say that it will start blocking ads that fail to comply from mid-April 2019.
Facebook says political ad-spend in Feb-March is worth over Rs 4 crore; promotions by BJP, supporters account for lion’s share
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its supporters accounted for a lion's share of total political advertising worth over Rs 4 crore on Facebook, according to data compiled by the social media giant.
Facebook said it would, however, exempt select UK news organizations from housing their content.