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Technology Facebook will let politicians run false ads during UK elections

21:15  02 november  2019
21:15  02 november  2019 Source:   engadget.com

Facebook says it won't remove politicians' posts that violate rules

  Facebook says it won't remove politicians' posts that violate rules Facebook says that posts from politicians are newsworthy, so it won't take them down in some cases.That's according to the tech giant's latest blog post titled "Facebook, Elections and Political Speech.

Facebook's policy of allowing politicians to run false ads is going to get tested in short order. CNN Business has confirmed that the social network won't fact-check candidates' ads in the weeks ahead of the UK election on December 12th. It will bar candidates from linking to debunked or pro-violence material, and will still scrutinize groups like Leave.EU, but voters will have to rely on skepticism beyond that.

Mark Zuckerberg wearing a suit and tie sitting at a table

That reluctance to check ads is leading to concerns, including from those investigating Facebook. The head of parliamentary hearings looking into Facebook's practices, MP Damian Collins, told CNN that people shouldn't be allowed to spread false claims "just because they are paying" for it. He was also disappointed in former UK politician Nick Clegg, arguing that he hadn't made a "positive difference" as Facebook's Global Affairs VP.

It's not certain that Facebook's policy will create problems, especially when the election is happening on short notice. If there is evidence that politicians' false ads played a role, though, it could increase pressure on Facebook to alter its policies ahead of the 2020 US elections.

CNN Business

Facebook’s only fact-checking service in the Netherlands just quit .
‘What is the point of fighting fake news if you are not allowed to tackle politicians?’“What is the point of fighting fake news if you are not allowed to tackle politicians?” asked NU.nl’s editor-in-chief Gert-Jaap Hoekman in a blog post announcing the decision. “Let one thing be clear: we stand behind the content of our fact checks.

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