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Glitches, Loopholes Dent Facebook Election Misinformation Efforts

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  • Despite a concerted effort by Facebook to stem political misinformation ahead of the US elections, false and misleading ads are still circulating as a result of glitches and loopholes—and what critics claim is weak enforcement of the social media giant’s own policies.
  • Edelson said the reposting suggests Facebook is not aggressive enough in enforcing its policy: “It’s not technically hard to prevent that same content from being uploaded.”
  • Facebook product manager Rob Leathern acknowledged that some ads were “being paused incorrectly,” and some advertisers were having trouble making changes to their campaigns.
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WASHINGTON — Despite a concerted effort by Facebook to stem political misinformation ahead of the US elections, false and misleading ads are still circulating as a result of glitches and loopholes—and what critics claim is weak enforcement of the social media giant’s own policies.

The problems were highlighted in recent days by revelations that misleading ads, debunked by independent fact-checkers, were being reposted, shared, and targeted at specific voters even after being banned by Facebook.

The company acknowledged on Monday that some banned ads were resurfacing and began taking down the messages after a report by the Wall Street Journal, citing research from the New York University Ad Observatory.

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