August 8, 2020
Facebook Considering Temporarily Pausing Political Ads Prior to the 2020 Election

Facebook Might Place a Temporary “BlackOut” Period on 2020 Election Ads

Facebook just may make a big change to its advertising policies later this year, in an effort to combat election misinformation but the plan isn’t firm…

The world’s largest social network could make a major change to its rules regarding political ads. Facebook is considering placing a temporary pause on political ads just days prior to the 2020 election, according to a news report by Bloomberg.

Facebook Considering Temporarily Pausing Political Ads Prior to the 2020 Election

This isn’t exactly unprecedented. Last year, Twitter placed a sitewide ban on all political ads. However, Facebook would only do so for a few select days. The policy, if enacted, would create a new “blackout” period. During that time, no election ads would be permitted on the platform.

This would sync with some rules in different countries, too. For instance, the UK bars political ads on election day. Or, in the days in the immediate run up to an election.

The possible ban comes after an independent civil rights organization released an audit that sharply criticized Facebook’s election ad rules. Particularly, over the fact that political ads are exempt from fact checking.

Facebook considering temporary pause of political ads in the 2020 election

Bill Boyles

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