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Facebook To Ban Political Ads Before US Election


Social media giant, Facebook says it has agreed to ban political advertising a week before the US election, one of its most sweeping moves against disinformation.

Mark Zuckerberg warned of a “risk of civil unrest” after the vote and also vowed to fact check any premature claims of victory, stating that if a candidate tries to declare himself the winner before final votes are tallied “we’ll add a label to their posts directing people to the official results.”

Mark Zuckerberg said in a post;

“I’m concerned about the challenges people could face when voting. I’m also worried that with our nation so divided and election results potentially taking days or even weeks to be finalized, there could be an increased risk of civil unrest across the country,”

“This election is not going to be business as usual,”

“We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy. That means helping people register and vote, clearing up confusion about how this election will work, and taking steps to reduce the chances of violence and unrest.”

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