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14 December 2019


Facebook won’t take down false political ads

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At Code Media on Monday, a vice president at Facebook said the company can’t legally take down political ads. Soon after, Facebook walked those comments back.

Axar.az reports citing VOX that Facebook has come under heavy scrutiny in recent months over its political ads policy that allows politicians to lie in ads. On Monday, one of Facebook’s top marketers again defended the policy and said the company has no plans to change it, insisting that it’s up to voters to decide what messages resonate and are true, even if they’re false.

“That’s not a role that Facebook should be playing and interfering with democracy,” said Carolyn Everson, vice president of global marketing solutions at Facebook, in an interview with Recode’s Peter Kafka at the 2019 Code Media conference in Los Angeles on Monday. But critics have argued that Facebook’s policy allows political campaigns to do that very thing.

“We have no ability, legally, to tell a political candidate that they are not allowed to run their ad,” Everson said. That’s not true.

“We have no ability, legally, to tell a political candidate that they are not allowed to run their ad,” Everson said. That’s not true.

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2019.11.19 / 14:12
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