Facebook to block new political ads in week before election

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acebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday announced a slate of new policies to fight voter misinformation, including cutting off new political ads a week before Election Day and limiting forwarding on Facebook’s Messenger app.

Advertisers will still be able to run political ads in the week before the election, but Facebook will not greenlight new political or issue ads in the week leading up to Election Day.

“It’s important that campaigns can run get out the vote campaigns, and I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech, but in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims,” Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook.

Facebook is also limiting how many chats Messenger users can forward a message to at one time.

“We’re reducing the risk of misinformation and harmful content going viral by limiting forwarding on Messenger,” Zuckerberg wrote. “We’ve already implemented this in WhatsApp during sensitive periods and have found it to be an effective method of preventing misinformation from spreading in many countries.”

In addition, Facebook will:

-Take down posts that say in-person voters will catch coronavirus

-Attach “information labels” to content about the legitimacy of voting methods

-Direct users to official election results if a candidate declares victory before final results are known

By Evie Fordham

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