Facebook mulls ban on political ads ahead of U.S. elections: Bloomberg News

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Facebook Inc is thinking about imposing a ban on political advertisements on its social community in the days leading up to the Nov. three elections in the United States, Bloomberg News said on Friday, citing humans acquainted with the company’s thinking.

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The doable ban is solely being mentioned and has now not been finalized, the document added. (bloom.bg/2ZY7F6X)

A Facebook spokesman stated the business enterprise had no remark on the report.

The social media organisation has been beneath hearth for its coverage of exempting politicians’ commercials and speech from fact-checking. Last year, smaller rival Twitter Inc banned political ads, however Facebook has maintained that it does now not choose to stifle political speech.

Republican President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaigns did now not without delay reply to a request for comment.

Last month Biden’s marketing campaign posted an open letter to Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg calling for the business enterprise to fact-check politicians’ commercials in the two weeks in advance of the election.

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In a Twitter put up on Friday, Biden’s digital director Rob Flaherty pointed to the trouble of misinformation in unpaid content material on the site.

“Requisite reminder that Facebook’s troubles are 80% about unpaid content material and so something they do about paid content material is an try to distract you,” he tweeted.

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