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Facebook bans pro-Trump PAC from advertising

Facebook bans pro-Trump PAC from advertising
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Facebook is banning ads from the Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Trump super PAC, a spokesperson for the platform told The Hill on Thursday.

“As a result of the Committee to Defend the President’s repeated sharing of content determined by third-party fact-checkers to be false, they will not be permitted to advertise for a period of time on our platform," Andy Stone said in a statement.

Facebook declined to comment on how long the advertising ban, first reported by CNN, will last.

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The Committee to Defend the President has come under criticism from Democrats who have accused it of misrepresenting and twisting words.

The group has nearly 1 million followers on Facebook and has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars on ads since 2018.

While politicians' ads are not subject to Facebook fact-checking — a policy that has been criticized internally and externally — political groups are.

Facebook's policy on banning advertisers says that "pages and websites that repeatedly share false news will have some restrictions, including having their distribution reduced."

The move comes a day after the platform also removed a post from the president, citing "false claims" about the novel coronavirus.