Facebook takes down Trump campaign ads tying refugees to coronavirus | TheHill
Facebook said it has removed Trump campaign ads that baselessly connect admission of refugees to transmission of the coronavirus.
The advertising features footage of Democratic nominee Joe Biden Joe BidenFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE discussing border security. It claims without evidence that Biden would increase refugee admissions from Somalia, Syria and Yemen 700 percent, according to NBC News. It also includes text alleging “an increase in refugees” presents public health risks.
The campaign ran the ads beginning on Tuesday targeted to key swing states like Florida and North Carolina. Some of the variations received thousands or tens of thousands of impressions before being removed the next day, according to NBC.
“We rejected these ads because we don’t allow claims that people’s physical safety, health, or survival is threatened by people on the basis of their national origin or immigration status,” Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said in a statement.
The president’s reelection campaign defended the content of the ads in a statement.
“When it comes to leading our nation through this crisis and delivering the Great American Comeback, Americans can rely on President Trump Donald John TrumpFive takeaways from Trump-Biden debate clash The Memo: Debate or debacle? Democrats rip Trump for not condemning white supremacists, Proud Boys at debate MORE,” campaign spokesperson Courtney Parella said in the statement.
The social media giant has faced criticism by those who call it overly lenient on misinformation ...
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