Facebook Drops Hammer on 2020 Election

Facebook will block new political ads in the final week before the U.S. presidential election, the social network announced on Thursday.

The move was announced in a Facebook post by the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

“We’re going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign,” Zuckerberg wrote. “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.”

“So in the week before the election, we won’t accept new political or issue ads,” Zuckerberg added. “Advertisers will be able to continue running ads they started running before the final week and adjust the targeting for those ads, but those ads will already be published transparently in our Ads Library so anyone, including fact-checkers and journalists, can scrutinize them.”

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