On Monday, Facebook acknowledged that there was a glitch in its policy to cancel misleading political ads after the US election.
The social media giant has conducted a rigorous review of its handling of political misinformation. The media said it has taken action. Previous media reports showed loopholes that allowed militant groups to repost ads that were banned after a third-party fact check.
The Wall Street Journal reported that some advertisements supporting President Donald Trump, which contained false claims about Democrat Joe Biden, were republished and shared by a conservative group after the original information was blocked.
After the weekend’s “Wall Street Journal” report, Facebook began to delete reposted ads.
A Facebook spokesperson told AFP: “When a fact-checker applies a rating, we will label it and downgrade it, and also refuse to use it as an advertisement. This is true for all ratings.”
“We reviewed these ads and took action on ads that violated our policies, while also working to improve how we find ads that are similar to ranked ads.”
The Wall Street Journal claimed that these advertisements were run by the conservative American Principles Project and contained false claims that Biden supported the ultra-left Antifa movement and supported child sex reassignment surgery.
Last week, Facebook’s efforts to ban new political news the week before the November 3 election had a difficult start.
Despite this policy, competitors still complain about new advertisements.
Facebook product manager Rob Leathern said in a tweet when the ban took effect on Tuesday: “We are investigating the issue of some ads being suspended by mistake, and some advertisers having problems making changes to their campaigns. .”
“We are quickly solving these problems.”
California-based Facebook tightened its political advertising regulations before the 2020 election. In particular, it prohibits attempts to disrupt the electoral process.
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