WASHINGTON (AP) - With just over a month to go before Americans head en masse to the polls in an extraordinarily contentious election, Facebook is expanding restrictions on political advertising, including new bans on messages claiming widespread voter fraud.
New prohibitions laid out in a blog post this week come days after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of mass fraud in the vote-by-mail process during a debate with Democratic rival Joe Biden.
Banned ads “would include calling a method of voting inherently fraudulent or corrupt."
According to the blog post, ads targeting the US with the following content aren’t allowed:
- Ads that portray voting or census participation as useless/meaningless and/or advise users not to vote or participate in a census.
- Ads that delegitimize any lawful method or process of voting or voting tabulation (including in-person voting on paper or on machines, absentee voting, vote by mail, and lawful collection of ballots) as illegal, inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or will result in a fraudulent or corrupt election administration or outcome.
- Ads that delegitimize an election and/or result as fraudulent or corrupt because the result can't be determined on the final day of voting and/or before ballots received after the final day of voting are lawfully counted.
- Ads that claim voter fraud (such as voter impersonation, duplicate voting, or non-eligible individuals voting) is widespread and/or alters the outcome of elections and/or results in a fraudulent or corrupt election.
- Ads that claim the election date or the mechanism for electing the president can be changed in ways not permitted by the Constitution or federal law.
- Ads with premature claims of election victory.
- Ads that are inconsistent with health authorities on voting safely.
These restrictions will be in place until 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 3.