Facebook Bans US Ads That Call Voting Fraud Widespread or Election Invalid

Facebook on Wednesday banned adverts on its flagship web site and Instagram picture and video sharing service that declare widespread voting fraud, recommend US election outcomes can be invalid, or which assault any technique of voting.

The firm introduced the brand new guidelines in a blog post, including to earlier restrictions on untimely claims of election victory.

The transfer got here a day after US President Donald Trump used the primary televised debate with Democratic challenger Joe Biden to amplify his baseless claims that the November 3 presidential election can be “rigged.”

Trump has been particularly essential of mail-in ballots, and he cited various small unrelated incidents to argue that fraud was already occurring at scale.

Facebook has been underneath hearth for refusing to fact-check political adverts extra broadly and for rampant natural misinformation.

Citing hate speech guidelines, it additionally moved Wednesday to take away Trump marketing campaign adverts suggesting that immigrants could possibly be a major supply of coronavirus infections.

Facebook mentioned the brand new election advert prohibition would come with people who “portray voting or census participation as useless/meaningless” or that “delegitimise any lawful method or process of voting or voting tabulation … as illegal, inherently fraudulent or corrupt.”

Facebook additionally cited adverts that decision an election fraudulent or corrupt as a result of the outcome was unclear on election evening or as a result of ballots obtained afterward had been nonetheless being counted.

© Thomson Reuters 2020

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