Facebook to restrict new political ads in the final week before elections
Facebook plans to flag any attempt by the Donald Trump campaign to declare a premature victory in the presidential race on the platform, the company announced Thursday.
The social media giant, which has come in for heavy criticism for failing to police foreign and domestic elections propaganda on its network, also said it would not accept any new political ads in the final week of the 2020 presidential race.
Facebook did not single out Trump in its announcement that it would label posts by any campaign that tries to declare victory before the final election results are in.
But Trump’s opponent, Joe Biden, has shown no intention of declaring premature victory and has never challenged the integrity of US elections, while Trump announced on the first day of the Republican national convention last week that any election that he did not win would be invalid.
“The only way they can take this election away from us is if this is a rigged election,” Trump told cheering Republican party officials at the convention.
Trailing badly in the polls, Trump has kept up a constant attack on the integrity of the upcoming presidential election for months, focusing on the expanded use during the coronavirus pandemic of mail-in voting.
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Source: The Guardian