Facebook has repeatedly refused to hold Trump to any sort of standard on its platform. And now, as states consider expanding their vote-by-mail options to help Americans vote safely in November -- Trump is once again taking advantage of Facebook’s leniency.
This time, he’s spreading harmful disinformation about voting. Trump’s re-election campaign has already purchased over 500 Facebook ads that spread disproven claims about voter fraud.1
And how can these false, irresponsible ads run uninhibited?
Because Facebook exempts politicians’ ads -- including Trump’s -- from any fact-checking.2 And even though Facebook claims it bans political ads that discourage people from voting, the platform has done nothing to stop the Trump campaign from publishing its harmful ads.
Add your name to demand immediate investigations into Facebook -- and to stop the company from profiting off of vote-suppressing ads.
These ads could deter people from exercising their right to vote. But Facebook is a monopoly that surveils its users and serves them targeted ads -- so it has no problem running Trumps', as long as they generate revenue.
As the November elections approach, I hope you’ll join me in demanding real accountability for Facebook.
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1. Media Matters: "Facebook is letting the Trump campaign publish at least 529 ads with false claims of voter fraud"
2. Time: "Facebook Still Won't Fact-Check Political Ads Headed Into Election Season"