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Facebook will ban political ads after polls close on election night

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A Facebook logo is seen on a banner in Bydgozcz, Poland on March 8, 2019. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images)


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Facebook is once again tightening its rules as it prepares for a potentially chaotic election. The company said that it would ban all political ads from its platform once polls close on election night in an effort to guard against misinformation and “confusion.”

“While ads are an important way to express voice, we plan to temporarily stop running all social issue, electoral or political ads in the US after the polls close on November 3, to reduce opportunities for confusion or abuse.” Facebook’s VP of Integrity Guy Rosen wrote in a statement

Notably, Rosen did not say how long the temporary ban would be in effect. “We will notify advertisers when this policy is lifted,” he wrote. The New York Times reports that the new rules come as Facebook executives have discussed comments from President Donald Trump that he may not accept the results of the election if he loses. 

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