Facebook says its policy allowing politicians to run false ads extends to UK

Facebook says its policy allowing politicians to run false ads extends to UK
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Facebook’s policy allowing politicians to run false ads will extend to the United Kingdom, the company confirmed Saturday.

A Facebook spokesperson told The Hill that the policy will apply to the U.K. as the nation gears up for its December election and British leaders fail to come to an agreement over leaving the European Union.

The development was first reported by CNN Business


Ads run by British political parties and candidates seeking election to the House of Commons will not be fact-checked, but ads from other political groups, such as the pro-Brexit group Leave.EU, will be subject to fact-checking.

Facebook’s policy has been criticized throughout the U.S., with Democratic lawmakers and presidential candidates slamming Facebook CEO Mark ZuckerbergMark Elliot ZuckerbergEx-Facebook data scientist to testify before British lawmakers A defense for Facebook and global free speech Senate Democrat calls on Facebook to preserve documents related to whistleblower testimony MORE for the decision. 

Zuckerberg recently appeared in front of the House Financial Services Committee at a hearing about the company’s new cryptocurrency project, but he also fielded questions over the new fact-checking policy. 

The British Parliament voted last week to hold a general election on Dec. 12. Earlier this week, the EU also granted the U.K. a three-month extension to finalize a Brexit deal — the third extension the bloc has given the country this year. 

If the minority Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, wins the majority after the general election, the party plans to hold another referendum on whether the country should leave the EU.

British residents voted in favor of leaving the EU in a 2016 referendum vote, but politicians have failed to come to an agreement for the nation to leave the bloc since.