Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that he will permit its users to turn off political ads.
CEO of the social media giant Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an international news source, “Everyone wants to see politicians held accountable for what they say — and I know many people want us to moderate and remove more of their content,”
“For those of you who’ve already made up your minds and just want the election to be over, we hear you — so we’re also introducing the ability to turn off seeing political ads.”
“We’ll still remind you to vote,”
Sources said that the feature will be implemented for some users from Wednesday and several users will avail it in the next weeks.
CNBC reported that the users can turn off ads about political, social, and electoral issues from political candidates, super PACs, and other organizations that indicate that the ad is “paid for by”.
Zuckerberg announced that steps will be taken to promote voter registration, voter turnout, and marginalized voices before the presidential election 2020 in the US. Facebook’s aim is to support people register to vote.
Facebook has removed around 200 social media accounts connected to white supremacy groups that planned to motivate others to protest against police killings of black people.
the accounts on Facebook and Instagram belonged to Proud Boys and the American Guard, two hate groups already banned on social media. these accounts were already monitored in preparation for eliminating them.