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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.
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.