Facebook pulls down fake political ad

A few days after Twitter announced a ban on political adverts rival social media giant Facebook has taken down a ‘stunt’ ad from a Political Action Committee, the Really Online Lefty League, that falsely claimed Republican Senator Lindsey Graham supported the Green New Deal proposed by some Democrats in the UK.

Now Facebook’s stance on truth in political ads has been put to test.The social media firm said the ads “were not correctly labelled” and did not include the obligatory disclaimer.

The full details regarding the ban by Twitter will be released by 15 November but still putting pressure on the rival.

The announcement comes as Facebook is embroiled in a controversy over its decision to exempt ads by politicians from third-party fact checking and from a policy that bans false statements from paid advertisements.

Facebook says the taxpayer-funded ads “were not correctly labelled” as being about “social issues, elections or politics”, in line with its self-enacted system to make social and political advertising more transparent.

A spokesman said: “Ads about social issues, elections or politics that appear on our platforms should include a disclaimer provided by advertisers.”

The move by Twitter puts pressure on its rival Facebook which announced that it would not fact-check adverts by politicians on their campaigns, which some argue could allow them to lie freely.

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