Thursday, October 1, 2020

Facebook Takes Down Trump Campaign Ads Tying Refugees to Coronavirus

Facebook said it has Removed Trump Campaign Ads that Baselessly connect Admission of Refugees to transmission of the Coronavirus.

The Advertising features Footage of Democratic Nominee, Joe Biden, discussing Border Security. It Claims, without Evidence, that Biden would Increase Refugee Admissions from Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, 700%. It also Includes Text alleging "an increase in refugees" presents Public Health Risks.

The Campaign ran the Ads beginning on, Tuesday Sept. 29th, targeted to Key Swing States like Florida and North Carolina. Some of the Variations received Thousands or Tens of Thousands of Impressions before being Removed the Next Day.

"We rejected these ads because we don't allow claims that people's physical safety, health, or survival is threatened by people on the basis of their national origin or immigration status," Facebook Spokesperson, Andy Stone, said in a Statement.

The President's Re-Election Campaign Defended the Content of the Ads in a Statement. "When it comes to leading our nation through this crisis and delivering the Great American Comeback, Americans can rely on President Trump," Campaign Spokesperson, Courtney Parella, said in the Statement.

The Social Media Giant has faced Criticism by those who Call it Overly Lenient on Misinformation in General and about the Coronavirus Pandemic in General.

In July, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), the Chairman of the House Antitrust Subcommittee, grilled CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, on whether the Platform's Business Model Incentivizes such Misinformation.

"With all due respect, the problem is Facebook is profiting off and amplifying disinformation that harms others because it's profitable," Cicilline said. "This isn't a speech issue. It's about Facebook's business model that prioritizes engagement in order to keep people on Facebook's platform."

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