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Facebook Mulls Political-Ad Blackout Ahead of U.S. Election

  • Limiting political ads may help curb spread of misinformation
  • Decision on ban has not yet been made, people familiar say
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Facebook Might Ban Political Ads Ahead of Election
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Facebook Inc. is considering imposing a ban on political ads on its social network in the days leading up to the U.S. election in November, according to people familiar with the company’s thinking.

The potential ban is still only being discussed and hasn’t yet been finalized, said the people, who asked not to be named talking about internal policies. A halt on ads could defend against misleading election-related content spreading as people prepare to vote. Still, there are concerns that an ad blackout may hurt “get out the vote” campaigns, or limit a candidate’s ability to respond widely to breaking news or new information.