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Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has vehemently defended political ads after Twitter indicated banning them. Zuckerberg defended the company’s decision to continue allowing ads with false information.

Twitter bans political ads carrying false information

Twitter announced on Wednesday afternoon that it was banning political ads. Jack Dorsey indicated that this is an advertising area that is increasingly becoming controversial amid policies from tech firms allowing the spread of false information. Through a series of tweets, the CEO asserted that the reach of a political message is something that one can’t buy. His comments evoked praise from some Democrats as well as criticism from President Trump’s team.

This comes at the back of growing criticism of Facebook for its failure to rein or fact check political ads running on its platform. Zuckerberg indicated that Facebook does not intend to budge on its policy of free speech. In an earnings call discussing the company’s Q3 result, the CEO emphasized the principles of free speech and passionately defended their stand.

Facebook doesn’t plan to ban political ads

Zuckerberg stated that the current debate on whether they should run false political ads would not make the company change its position. He added that other internet platforms, as well as cable networks, are running the same ads. This also includes national broadcasters that the law requires to run the ads under the FCC regulations.

It is not in the position to gag news or politicians in a democracy. Zuckerberg said that in the past, he had a second thought about running such ads, but for now, they will continue running them. He added that political ads are a vital voice for advocacy groups or candidates that the media may not cover. The CEO indicated that the company predicts that revenue from political ads will be less than 0.5% of the company’s revenue next year.

Facebook’s ad policy came under scrutiny following a Trump campaign ad carrying false claims about Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Last week during Zuckerberg’s congressional testimony, the ad policy was a major talking point.