Facebook allows British election candidates to run false ads

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

02nd Nov, 2019. 10:08 pm
Facebook before US election 2020

Facebook has allowed United Kingdom election candidates to run false advertisement campaign in general election 2019.

According to details an American online social media and social networking service Facebook has announced not to check facts on advertisement run by British political parties and will allow thousands of candidates to run campaign for election for the House of Commons.

The policy is being announced by Facebook executive Nick Clegg, who was also the former deputy prime minister of the United Kingdom.

Nick Clegg himself once complained about the Facebook policies and accused Facebook to spread “lies” during the 2016 Brexit referendum.

The 2019 United Kingdom general election will be held under the provisions of the Early Parliamentary General Election Act 2019 on Thursday 12 December 2019.

Earlier, on October 30 micro-blogging and social networking service Twitter has announced to ban all political advertisement from November 22.

Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, announced the news and posted a thread “We’ve made the decision to stop all political advertising on Twitter globally. We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought. Why? A few reasons…”

He further wrote “A political message earns reach when people decide to follow an account or retweet. Paying for reach removes that decision, forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages on people. We believe this decision should not be compromised by money.”

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