Facebook, Instagram ban Donald Trump indefinitely after supporters storm U.S. Capitol
Social network has banned the Committee in Defense of the President from publishing paid campaigns due to; systematic posting of disinformation
Facebook Inc, which owns the social networking site Facebook, has banned the Republican Political Action Committee – the President’s Defense Committee – from advertising after Trump supporters were caught posting content that was deemed disinformation by fact-checking agencies. This was announced on Thursday by representatives of Facebook.
“As a result of the repeated posting of content by the Presidential Defense Committee that has been found to be false by third-party fact checkers, they [the committee members] will not be able to advertise on our platform for some time,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said..
The company declined to specify the duration of the ad ban or what messages triggered it..
Advertisements for political campaigns are not subject to fact-checking on Facebook. However, content posted by political groups, including political action committees, may be subject to validation..
On the committee’s Facebook page, which was supported by almost 1 million people with their “likes”, since the beginning of July, four publications have been labeled “false” or “partially false information”
The Trump Support Group, founded in 2013 to fight Democrat Hillary Clinton, has spent more than $ 15 million to support Donald Trump. The committee’s website says information posted to the president reaches “millions of Americans” through “digital and telemarketing channels.”.
Committee Chairman Ted Harvey said today that the group will not be “silenced” by the “progressive elite of Silicon Valley” and will redirect its budget dedicated to Facebook advertising..
One of the videos in support of Trump’s re-election was marked with disinformation on Facebook – verified by third-party fact checkers
Reuters, a fact-checking partner on the social network, determined last month that one of the Trump advertisements was “taken out of context” by Joe Biden, the alleged Democratic presidential candidate. Trump supporters also misled the audience by claiming that Biden made “racist comments” in 1985..
Biden’s headquarters last year turned to Facebook with a request to prohibit the Committee in Defense of the President from placing such advertisements because of its “falsity”, according to CNN..