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Facebook Said to Consider Banning Political Ads

  • July 10, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is considering banning political advertising across its network before the November general election, according to two people with knowledge of the discussions, in what would be a stark change to the social network’s practices.

The decision has not been finalized yet, said the people, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential, and the company could continue with its current political advertising policy.

A Facebook spokesman declined to comment. Bloomberg News earlier reported the potential change in policy.

For months, Facebook has allowed politicians, lobbyist groups and political parties to run issue and policy ads across the network virtually unchecked, even if those ads contained falsehoods or misinformation. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has repeatedly said he would not police politicians’ ads and that the company was not an arbiter of truth, citing free speech.

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