Facebook, Instagram will allow users to block all political ads – various3 min read
Amid criticism of Facebook’s policy of not fact-checking political ads, the social giant is offering users a new option: they can choose to disable political ads.
As the United States seeks to launch new voter-registration drives, Facebook has announced a new feature – under which they hope to sign up to 4 million voters this year using Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. That’s double the estimated 2 million people that Facebook said it helped register in both 2018 and 2016.
As of Wednesday, some Facebook and Instagram users in the United States will be able to “block all social issues, election or political advertising from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have expressed political disapproval of political issues, ‘with paid money’,” Naomi said. Glitt, VP of product management and social impact, wrote in a blog post.
The company plans to roll out the political ads opt-out feature for all U.S. users in the next few weeks and “our goal will be to make it available this fall in countries where our ads are applied to social issues, elections and politics,” according to Glite.
Also, Facebook will now include “paid” by deniers in political ads shared by users; Earlier, there was no denial in these posts, which “caused confusion as to whether the share was an advertisement”, Glitt noted.
It is not clear whether these steps will deny the allegations about Facebook’s fact-check information on political action, a policy that has sparked fire from critics, including Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. In contrast to Facebook’s handy approach, Twitter said last year that it would ban all political advertising. “We believe that the political message should reach, not buy,” CEO Jack Dorsey wrote last October.
Facebook and Zuckerberg have also been criticized – both inside and outside the organization – for deciding not to take action on Donald Trump’s inflammatory remarks. In a May 29 post, Trump called the Minneapolis protesters “THUGS” and said of the unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s police killing, “Any difficulty and we will take control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” Twitter placed a warning label in front of the same post, saying it had gained the glory of violence; Zuckerberg later said Facebook was reviewing its content-addition policies.
Facebook says its new Voting Information Center will provide “acceptable” information about the election, how to register to vote, voter eligibility, how to apply for an absent or mail-in ballot, and warn local elections about changes in the voting process. Will. The new voting section has been modeled on Facebook’s COVID-19 information center. Facebook said the Voting Information Center is working with state election officials and experts to ensure that each state accurately reflects the latest information.
The agency plans that more than 1,160 million people in the United States will be able to view information on Facebook about how to vote in the general election between July and November.
“I believe that Facebook is not just about preventing voter repression – which targets people of color, but also about actively supporting voter engagement, registration and voting,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in an opt in USA Today.
Social media organizations have claimed that they continue to fight to prevent misinformation in order to spread the word about the US election, which has become a huge issue in the run-up to the 2016 election. According to Zuckerberg, Facebook dropped more than 50 network malicious accounts in 2019 and deleted 18 this year.
In addition to spending on presidential candidates, Facebook is also expanding its advertising library to allow users to view advertising spending in the U.S. House and Senate campaigns. As part of this, it is creating a custom tracker to compare advertisers ’spending on political or advertising campaigns.
Separately, Facebook said Tuesday it had deleted 200 linked Facebook accounts and more than 300 Instagram accounts linked to the far-right group Probed Boys and the American Guard for hate speech violations, after removing nearly 200 accounts linked to hate groups last week.