Facebook extends political ad ban in US for at least a month

Facebook has announced it will extend its ban on political ads in the US for at least another month, as it continues its effort to keep tabs on the wave of misinformation washing over its platform in the wake of the US election.

The ad ban, which started a week before the vote and was initially projected to last just one week after, frees Facebook from having to make difficult calls about whether individual adverts are potentially harmful to the democratic process.

But its extension well into December is sparking concern, particularly in the new swing state of Georgia, where a pair of runoff elections will determine if the Republican party retains control of the US Senate.

“We are keeping the ad pause and other temporary election protection measures in place as that result moves towards certification next month,” said Rob Leathern, director of product management at Facebook.

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