Facebook is apparently sticking with its hands-off approach to political speech. The social network reportedly rejected a request from Joe Biden’s presidential campaign to pull an ad run last week by Donald Trump’s reelection campaign that attacked the former vice president and House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry.
“Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is,” wrote Katie Harbath, Facebook’s public policy director for global elections, in the letter. “Thus, when a politician speaks or makes an ad, we do not send it to third party fact checkers.”
Facebook last month said it, a policy it said has been in place for more than a year.
The 30-second ad, which was also reportedly run on Twitter and YouTube, said Biden promised Ukraine $1 billion if officials there fired the prosecutor investigating a company affiliated with Biden’s son. There’s no evidence to support the claim made in the ad about Biden and Ukraine, which has been debunked by fact-checking groups and media reports.
The Trump and Biden campaigns didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.