Facebook blocks new political ads through Election Day

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Facebook said Wednesday that it would block all political ads through Election Day as it steps up efforts to avoid being used to spread disinformation to influence the vote.

“[W]hile ads are an important way to express voice, we plan to temporarily stop running all social issue, electoral, or political ads in the U.S. … to reduce opportunities for confusion or abuse,” Guy Rosen, the company’s vice president of integrity, said in a blog post.

The move marked a shift from Facebook’s traditional resistance to policing political ads.

Last month, the social network said it would block new ads in the campaign’s final week, but CEO Mark Zuckerberg said no other changes were planned despite rising warnings that Facebook was being used to influence the election with disinformation.

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