Facebook not allowing foreign-funded ads for upcoming Indonesia election

Facebook not allowing foreign-funded ads for upcoming Indonesia election

Facebook will prohibit foreign entities from buying advertisements on its platform for the upcoming election in Indonesia.

The move is an attempt to curb outside influence and its potential impact on the April elections, Facebook announced Monday in a press release.

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The block of foreign ads went into effect Monday morning as a means of “safeguarding election integrity.”

Facebook said it would use both humans and automated review methods to decipher which ads are from foreign origin.

The restriction applies to ads for “politicians or political parties or attempts to encourage or suppress voting.”

The move is the latest in an effort from the tech giant to tighten policies around election interference.

Facebook drew fierce criticism following the 2016 presidential election in the United States after it admitted that a Russian group with ties to the Kremlin bought ads on the social network.

“Over the last two years, we’ve learned from elections around the world to create a robust approach to safeguard our platform,” Facebook said in its release.

Indonesia’s presidential election on April 17 will feature incumbent leader Joko Widodo facing off against challenger Prabowo Subianto. The two also ran against each other in 2014, with Widodo narrowly claiming victory.