Facebook considering a ban on political ads: Report

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Facebook is considering a ban on political advertisements in the run-up to the U. S. election later this year, Bloomberg reported Friday.

This isn't a new consideration for the company. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said last fall that he has considered banning political ads in the past, but decided against it due to how it would affect the viability of candidates with a smaller reach.

Zuckerberg has consistently defended Facebook’s reluctance to fact-check political ads and politicians, arguing that platforms like Facebook shouldn’t be an “arbiter of truth.”

“We don’t fact-check political ads. We don’t do this to help politicians, but because we think people should be able to see for themselves what politicians are saying,” Zuckerberg said in a speech at Georgetown University last October. “And if content is newsworthy, we also won’t take it down even if it would otherwise conflict with many of our standards.”

A third-party audit of Facebook, led by civil rights lawyers, was finalized this week. It characterized that Georgetown speech as a pivotal moment for the company.

"Mark’s speech at Georgetown seems to represent a turning point for the company, after which it has placed greater emphasis on free expression," the auditors wrote.

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