Facebook Bans Political Ads During Election Periods
For better or worse, Facebook is believed to have played a big role in the 2016 United States Presidential Election, but this year Facebook wants social work to be as non-involved as possible, regardless of the outcome. In a blog post, the company announced that it will not display any ads related to the elections after the polls close on November 3.
“While advertising is an important way to express one’s voice, we plan to temporarily suspend all social issues, election-related or political advertising in the United States after the polls close on November 3 to reduce opportunities for confusion or abuse.”Advertisement
A recent poll shows that about 1/3 of the citizens of the United States expect violence after the election as the results are controversial. Facebook is trying to solve this problem and the problem of early victories by announcing election results in person, in parallel with major news outlets such as Reuters, and displaying a banner that says otherwise the results are not yet available.
Nick Clegg, head of global affairs, also suggested restricting other content that could lead to violence. The Social Networking giant has recently taken action against QAnon, for example.