After Facebook helped spread misinformation during the 2016 presidential campaign, company executives vowed to do better. They put in place policies meant to reduce the amount of political misinformation on the platform.
They’re not doing a very good job of keeping their word.
Judd Legum, author of the Popular Information newsletter, wrote yesterday that he had “identified hundreds of ads from the Trump [2020 re-election] campaign that violated Facebook’s ad policies. Facebook removed the ads only after I brought them to its attention.”
Many of the ads mention the personal attributes of the person seeing them, such as gender or race. Facebook banned this approach after the 2016 Trump campaign used demographic information in an effort to suppress African-American turnout in swing states.
Yet Legum discovered Team Trump again using dirty tricks . This time, it has falsely put the same quotation in the mouths of two different African-American men portrayed in different ads, one old and one young: “Sir, you have really inspired me and brought back my faith in this great nation. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all the work you are doing.”