Face­book again re­fuses to ban po­lit­i­cal ads

Antelope Valley Press - - BUSINESS -

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Face­book is reaf­firm­ing its free­wheel­ing pol­icy on po­lit­i­cal ads, say­ing it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be tar­geted to spe­cific groups of peo­ple. In­stead, Face­book will of­fer users slightly more con­trol over how many po­lit­i­cal ads they see and make its on­line li­brary of such ads eas­ier to use. These steps an­nounced Thurs­day ap­pear un­likely to as­suage crit­ics, who say Face­book has too much power and not enough lim­its when it comes to its ef­fects on elec­tions. By con­trast, Google has de­cided to limit tar­get­ing of po­lit­i­cal ads, while Twit­ter is ban­ning them out­right.

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