Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg says users will be able to turn off political adverts on the social network in the run-up to the 2020 US election. Facebook has faced heavy criticism for allowing adverts from politicians that contain false information. Rival social platform Twitter banned political advertising last October. Facebook and its subsidiary Instagram will give users the option to turn off political adverts when they appear or they can block them using the settings features. The feature, which will start rolling out on Wednesday, allows users to turn off political, electoral and social issue adverts from candidates and other organisations that have the “Paid for” political disclaimer.
Zuckerberg encourage people who aren’t signed up as voters to register in time for the US election in November. Voting is voice. It’s the single most powerful expression of democracy, the best way to hold our leaders accountable, and how we address many of the issues our country is grappling with. I believe Facebook has a responsibility not just to prevent voter suppression.