Facebook will ban all new political advertisements the week before the election, founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday as part of a series of moves to prevent interference in the November contest.
‘We’re going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign. It’s important that campaigns can run get out the vote campaigns, and I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech, but in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims,’ Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
The sweeping set of actions – the biggest the company has announced to date – comes amid what is expected to be a contentious election between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Election Day is two months away.
‘This election is not going to be business as usual. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,’ Zuckerberg wrote.