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Thursday, August 06, 2020 5:13 p.m. EDT
by Thomson Reuters
By Elizabeth Culliford and Katie Paul
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is temporarily banning a Republican political action committee, the Committee to Defend the President, from advertising after it repeatedly shared content that was deemed false by the social media company’s external fact-checkers, it said 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,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said in a statement.
The company declined to specify the length of the advertising ban or which of the committee’s posts prompted it.
Politicians’ ads and posts are not subject to Facebook fact-checking, a policy that has drawn heat from lawmakers, but content from political groups like PACs can be fact-checked.
The group’s Facebook page, which has almost 1 million “likes,” has had four “false” or “partly false” fact-checking labels attached to content since the start of July.
The group was founded as the Stop Hillary PAC in 2013 and has spent more than $15 million to advance the agenda of U.S. President Donald Trump, according …
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