Meta Bans Political Ads Before Midterm Polls
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (IANS) – Meta has announced that it will disable new political, electoral, and social issue ads a week before the voting in the US midterm elections in November.
Ads that have previously run before the restriction period will be allowed to run during this time. The restriction period will lift the day after the election.
Meta said that hundreds of people across more than 40 teams are working on the midterm’s polls, and it spent approximately $5 billion globally on safety and security last year alone.
The company said it will not allow any posts or ads that misrepresent key details about the voting process, including the date, time, and methods of voting.
The company said it is also investing in proactive threat detection and expanding our policies to help address coordinated harassment and threats of violence against election officials and poll workers.
State and local election officials continue to use Voting Alerts on Facebook to send the latest information about registering and voting to people in their communities.
“This year, we’re also showing election-related in-Feed notifications in a second language other than English if we think the second language may be better understood,” said Meta.