Facebook bans US ads that widespread election fraud or invalidates elections

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Facebook came under fire for refusing to check political ads more broadly.

San Francisco:

Facebook Inc on Wednesday banned ads on its flagship website and Instagram photo and video sharing service alleging widespread election fraud, suggesting US election results are invalid, or attacking an election method.

The company announced the new rules in a blog post and added previous restrictions on early electoral victory claims.

The move came a day after US President Donald Trump used the first televised debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden to reiterate baseless claims that the November 3rd presidential election would be “rigged.”

Trump was particularly critical of postal ballot papers, citing a number of unrelated small incidents to argue that large-scale fraud had already taken place.

Facebook came under fire because of its refusal to scrutinize political ads and the frequent organic misinformation.

Citing the rules on hate speech, ads for Trump campaigns were also removed Wednesday suggesting immigrants could be a significant source of coronavirus infection.

Facebook said the new electoral ban would include those who “depict votes or census turnouts as useless / meaningless” or “delegitimize any lawful method or process of voting or vote tabulation … as illegal, inherently fraudulent or corrupt”.

Facebook also cited advertisements stating that an election was fraudulent or corrupt because the result was unclear on election night or because ballots received later were still being counted.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and posted from a syndicated feed.)

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