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Facebook won’t take down ad that says McConnell is pro-impeachment
The ad is from someone who is running for governor in California to protest Facebook’s political ads policy.
Facebook isn’t taking down an ad that falsely implies that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump, according to a new report.
BuzzFeed News reports that the ad was created by Adriel Hampton, who said in October that he was running in California’s gubernatorial election to shine a light on Facebook’s highly criticized political advertising policy.
The ad cuts together things that McConnell has said to make it seem like he is endorsing Trump’s impeachment. Throughout it all, it has #ThankMitchForImpeachment written underneath the clips.
Hampton’s ad began running on Monday.
#THANKSMITCH for Impeachment. Call (202) 224-2541 now if you agree!Posted by Adriel Hampton for California Governor on Monday, December 16, 2019
Facebook’s policy currently does not allow for third-party fact-checkers to vet political advertisements, and the social media giant reiterated the stance it had toward Hampton in October when contacted by BuzzFeed, saying that the candidate would be “eligible for third-party fact-checking.”
However, the ads being put up by Hampton—including the McConnell one—won’t be taken down unless a third-part fact-checker flags it, according to the report.
You can read all of the BuzzFeed News report here.
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).