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Facebook will block any ads from presidential candidates falsely claiming victory

Does it really matter though?

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Facebook has already come out to say that it would ban new election ads a week before the election, and in the weeks since, the social platform has taken additional steps to maintain some level of election-related integrity.

First, the company noted that it wouldn’t allow ads claiming premature victory and now that also includes just plain false claims of victory. With mail-in voting in the spotlight, election results will almost certainly take longer to finalize and it’s going to be – for lack of a better term – a shitshow on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

In addition to this news, Rob Leathern, Director of Product Management at Facebook, notes in a tweet that Facebook will ban ads that seek to “delegitimize the outcome of an election.”

He goes on to clarify that this includes false claims of voter fraud or using isolated incidents of voter fraud to delegitimize the election.

Will it help? Who knows honestly. Everything is terrible right now, and social media is just a magnifying glass for all of the garbage. Steps like this from Facebook are a step in the right direction, but as long as users can keep spreading lies related to mail-in voting and the election, it’s difficult to say just how much this will actually matter.

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