When most internet giants like Twitter and Google are trying to curb the impact of false political advertisements in elections, Facebook has chosen not to join the fray.
Facebook reaffirmed its policy on political advertisements in a blog post on Thursday, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people.
However, Facebook said it will allow users to control how many political advertisements they see, and make its online library of political advertisements easier to browse.
The announcement did not go well with the critics of freewheeling policy, characterized by a disregard for rules or conventions; unconstrained or uninhibited.
Facebook, Twitter and Google have also refused to remove a misleading video advertisement from President Donald Trump’s campaign that targeted Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Facebook has time and again insisted that it won’t fact-check political advertisements.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claims that “political speech is important” and they don’t want to interfere with it.
With this, politicians can use Facebook to target their ads to specific users using the data and online searches. They can also spread lies against opponents which may in turn lead to unfair gain in the democratic process.
Facebook, however, has said in the blog post that it is guided by the principal, “people should be able to hear from those who wish to lead them, warts and all, and that what they say should be scrutinized and debated in public.”
Critics have argued that individual companies shouldn’t be deciding whether to allow political advertisements and what limits to set and the mess has been created due to the absence of any set standards, controlling the online space.