Facebook Axes Campaign Ad for Link to Fox News but Backpeddles

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Facebook removed an ad from a Georgia congressional candidate because it had a link to Fox News. At least so it seemed

According to The Washington Free Beacon:

Facebook on Monday removed a campaign ad that criticized President Biden’s Afghanistan policy, suggesting the post violated Facebook rules by linking to a Fox News article.

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Facebook said the post violated its advertising policy, which prohibits ads that link to “low-quality” websites, which it describes as having many ads, aggressive popups, or “unexpected experiences.” The Fox article contains few ads and does not appear to meet any of the “low-quality” standards Facebook describes.

Dr. Rich McCormick, a Marine veteran and Georgia congressional candidate, shared the ad, which criticized Biden for doing “a huge disservice” to the U.S. military and Afghan allies. The ad linked to a Fox News Pentagon correspondent’s recent piece on the Taliban insurgency, to which the Associated Press contributed.

It is not clear whether Facebook has an unstated policy that targets Fox News or whether the ad violates a different rule about political advertising. The social media giant has faced recurring criticism for its handling of political ads. In October 2020, Facebook took down an ad from a pro-Trump super PAC, saying its allegation that Joe Biden supported defunding the police was “false information.”

However, after the article was published a spokesperson for Facebook said it was done by mistake and had been restored.

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Joe
Joe
10 months ago

FACEBBOOK zuckerburg is nothing but commie, and needs to be investigated, for throwing an election, with his millions, in three states or more.

Corruptionhater
Corruptionhater
10 months ago

Facebook IS THE low quality website!

max
max
10 months ago

Take their 230 protection away and see them change their tune. take the 230 protection away

Lisa
Lisa
10 months ago

I have never had Facebook never will. If everyone who disagreed with how Facebook operates deleted their accounts maybe Facebook would pay attention. I don’t understand why people can’t get off of it if I haven’t talked to you in 20 years probably a reason for it.

Kbar
Kbar
10 months ago

STOP using Facebook!!! Delete and show ALL Media, We pay Your Wages!!!

DeDe Flyover
DeDe Flyover
10 months ago
Reply to  Kbar

I did just that. Problem is FB is global. They don’t give a [email protected] about how many followers they have in the US.

the traveller
the traveller
10 months ago

I left Facebook shortly after I joined about 5 or so years back, when it started bragging about “not guaranteeing privacy”. I shut DOWN the account as fast as I opened it.

rusell
rusell
10 months ago

facebook is a rag which should be closed and dozed

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