Facebook to Suspend Political Ads After Polls Close to Block Candidates’ ‘Premature Victory’ Claims

Facebook said Wednesday it would temporarily block political ads for a week after US election day in November to protect itself from candidates calling for an "early victory". The ad lock will take effect when the polls close on November 3rd, the company said. Facebook's electoral policy update, mentioned in a blog post that afternoon, said it will also "add more specific information" that "the census is still ongoing and a winner has not been determined" when President Donald Trump's pages or Democratic candidate Joe Biden were to claim an early win. Facebook added that it will direct users to its “voter information center” for updated information on election results. “If the candidate who is declared the winner by major media is contested by another candidate or party, we will display the name of the declared winning candidate with notifications on top of Facebook and Instagram, as well as label posts from presidential candidates. with the name of the declared winner and a link to the voting information center, ”said Facebook Vice President Guy Rosen in the blog post. Also read: "Morning Joe" highlights Trump's stimulus flip-flop: "Is that the art of the deal?" (Video) Instagram users receive election updates similar to ...
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