UPDATED 9:49 AM PT – Thursday, September 3, 2020
Facebook has plans to ban new political ads from the social media platform on the week leading up to the presidential election. CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the announcement in a post on the site Thursday.
He claimed the decision is to prevent last minute misinformation. The plan also aims to flag premature claims to victory as Zuckerberg believes any delay in counting could result in increased unrest across the country.
Moving forward, the company said it will begin taking down posts deemed as voter suppression immediately.
“One of the things that we’re going to be doing is at the top of Facebook and Instagram, we’re going to be putting accurate information about how to vote by mail and how to do it accurately, but we’re also going to be acting on content that people try to put out there that says that it is fraudulent,” Zuckerberg explained during an interview.
As Mark said, “This election is not going to be business as usual.” We’re committed to enforcing these new policies along with our existing ones to ensure that people have the information they need to make their voice heard where it matters most — at the ballot box.
— Facebook (@Facebook) September 3, 2020
Facebook has been accused of liberal bias in removing conservative posts, which is an allegation Zuckerberg denies.