- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 16, 2023

Tech giant Meta said it will allow political advertisements that claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen on its social media platforms.

The policy change was apparently implemented over a year ago but has just recently been publicized. This means that ads claiming the 2020 election was rigged could start showing up on Facebook and Instagram. Posting such content soon after the 2020 election could have been a bannable offense.

The policy does have a catch. While ads can claim the 2020 election was stolen, they can’t cast doubt on 2024 balloting. Political advertising on Meta‘s platforms also can’t intentionally mislead users on the time and place of elections.

Meta has been updating its political advertising policies in recent weeks in preparation for the 2024 election cycle. Most recently, the Facebook operator said political ads that were created using artificial intelligence must have a label attached to them.

Other social media platforms have changed their rules. X and YouTube have reinstated some of the more popular accounts, including that of former President Donald Trump, that claimed the 2020 election was rigged.

• Vaughn Cockayne can be reached at vcockayne@washingtontimes.com.

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