Facebook to Suspend Political Ads After Polls Close to Block Candidates’ ‘Premature Victory’ Claims

The Social Network says ads will stop running for one week once polling closes on November 3

Facebook on Wednesday said it would temporarily block political ads for one week following U.S. election day in November to safeguard against candidates claiming “premature victory.” The ad suspension will kick in when polls close on November 3, the company said.

The update to Facebook’s election policy, mentioned in an afternoon blog post, said it will also “add more specific information” that “counting is still in progress and no winner has been determined,” if President Donald Trump or Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s pages were to claim an early win. Facebook added that it will direct users to its “voter information center” for up-to-date info on election results.

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Sean Burch

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J. Clara Chan

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