Facebook will add Georgia back to political ad ban after runoff elections

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Facebook Inc will ban political advertisements in Georgia today, after the ending of the state’s run-off elections, it stated in a blog post on Tuesday.

Last month, Facebook raised its temporary ban for US political advertisements in Georgia, as the state prepared for runoff elections that would decide which party controls the US Senate. The election was on Tuesday.

The two Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s Google had ceased political ads after the Nov. 3 presidential election as part of measures to combat misinformation and other abuses.

Democrats and election experts criticized that the bans, saying that they had been overly blunt and obstructed valid voter registration efforts in Georgia. Re-enabling the advertisements in mid-December brought other headaches, launching the societal networking platform to accusations that it was inadequately enforcing its own policies.

Facebook’s fact-checking partners discovered Warnock had quoted the word and was not using it to express his own opinion.

Facebook removed the ads, but neglected to catch American Crossroads re-posting exactly the very same ads on multiple events over the following weeks, taking down them only after reporting by newsletter Popular Information.

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In total, Facebook has removed 80 percent of the group’s 63 advertisements since December, according to a Reuters tally conducted using the company’s Ad Library.

Jack Pandol, communications manager for American Crossroads, stated on Tuesday that the majority of the ads Facebook pulled were effectively the same, comprising different versions of this “God damn America” claim.

The re-postings motivated Facebook’s advertising integrity chief, Rob Leathern, to ask in an internal company post – originally reported by Popular Information and independently confirmed by Reuters – if Facebook should penalize American Crossroads “for attempting to circumvent our ads policies by repeatedly posting the same content.”

As of Tuesday, American Crossroads advertisements, including ones containing different claims debunked by fact-checkers about Warnock, remained on Facebook.

Facebook declined to comment on if it had applied some penalties to the American Crossroads account. Leathern left the company a week.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘Facebook will add Georgia back to political ad ban after runoff elections‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Tiyashi Datta in Bengaluru, Elizabeth Culliford in New York and Katie Paul in Palo Alto. Editing by David Gregorio and Howard Goller.

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