How to Block Political Ads On Social Media

June 18, 2020



The U.S. presidential election is less than five months away, which means political activity on Facebook is about to go into overdrive. Yes, much of that activity will be from people shouting their political opinions into the digital void, but another large chunk of that activity will come from an explosion of political ads on Facebook and its sister app, Instagram. over the next few weeks, people will be able to turn off all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the “Paid for by” political disclaimer on them. There are two ways to do it.  You can click on the "Confirmed Organization” button on any political ad you see. In the pop-up menu, select “See fewer ads about this topic,” then tap the big blue “See fewer ads about this topic” button that appears and you’re done. Or in the Facebook app, tap the menu button (the three stacked bars). Tap the Settings button, then the Settings button.  Tap "ad preferences," then "Ad Topics" and then tap “Social Issues, Elections or Politics.” Once there you can tap “See fewer ads about this topic.” The procedures are similar on Instagram (since They are owned by the same people). Sadly, there is still no sign Facebook will attempt to improve the online political landscape by fact-checking misleading claims by politicians.

SOURCE: Fast Company

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