US election: Facebook wants to ban political ads

Facebook plans to ban political advertising for the week before the US election. This is one of Facebook’s most far reaching response to against disinformation yet as CEO Mark Zuckerberg warned of a “risk of civil unrest” after the vote.

Facebook also promised to fact premature claims of victory or early leads, adding that in the occasion that 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.”

Facebook promised to “add an informational label” to any content seeking to delegitimize the results or claim that “lawful voting methods” will lead to fraud.

“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,” Zuckerberg said in a post.

Democrats have long warned that President Donald Trump and his supporters may try to sow chaos with false claims on November 3, when the vote will take place amid unprecedented health and economic crises, social unrest and protests for racial justice.

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