Facebook will prohibit US-based political advertisements indefinitely following the presidential elections, trying to forestall confusion within its own results. “While advertisements are an essential means to convey voice, we aim to temporarily stop working all social dilemma, electoral, or political advertisements from the US following the polls close on November 3rd, to decrease chances for abuse or confusion,” the provider says.
Facebook is reacting to widespread concern that social media may muddle election success. The business is also taking measures to prevent candidates from declaring victory. When the polls closed, it is going to include an information box on very top of Facebook and Instagram’s programs, noting whether important media outlets such as Reuters have announced a winner. It labels a few election-related posts with a hyperlink to the Voting Information Center, but when a candidate claims they have won the election, then Facebook will include “more particular data” contradicting the promise.
Facebook previously declared it would suspend political advertising sales prior to the election, and earlier this blanket post-election prohibit, it’d especially resisted ads that claimed success. Global events head Nick Clegg has additionally increased the possibility of limiting other material if it might result in violence.
On the other hand, the possibility of election night chaos still looms. President Donald Trump has refused to perform to peacefully transferring power if he loses the election. Meanwhile, the Democratic rival Joe Biden has criticized Facebook for not fact-checking or eliminating Trump’s false claims about mail-in voting, calling its own moderation policies a “regression.”