Last month, Facebook announced that it would stop publishing political ads after election day for an indefinite period of time “to reduce opportunities for confusion or abuse.” However, according to a report from CNBC, dozens of political ads are still active in Facebook’s ad library.
The reporters said they were able to find pro-Trump ads from groups such as “Evangelicals for Trump” and “We Are Great Again PAC,” while also finding ads from the Democratic Party. For Facebook’s part, the company said there is sometimes a delay in enforcement, and the ads should disappear soon.
“Political ads were paused as of midnight on Nov 4,” Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern wrote on Twitter. “Once an ad has been actioned (e.g. paused, stopped or deleted — whether by FB or by the advertiser), it can take up to 24 hours to reflect that action in the Ad Library. Ad Library data will soon reflect that.”
Of course, with Facebook’s track record of election-related troubles, it’s hard not to feel suspicious about the company’s claims. But at least the social media giant is doing more this time around to contain the spread of misinformation.
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