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    Facebook Will Block New Political Ads the Final Week of US Presidential Elections

    According to Mark Zuckerberg, "in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims.”

    By The Staff - Sep 4, 2020
    Facebook Will Block New Political Ads the Final Week of US Presidential Elections

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    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that it will block new political ads in the final week before the U.S. presidential election.

    “We’re going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.

    “It’s important that campaigns can run get out the vote campaigns, and I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech, but in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims.”


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    The move is part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of misinformation on its platform ahead of the Nov. 3 election.

    Zuckerberg also added that while he believes “our democracy is strong enough to withstand this challenge and deliver a free and fair election,” Facebook will host a “Voting Information Center” that includes “video tutorials on how to vote by mail, and information on deadlines for registering and voting in your state.”

     

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