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Facebook Refuses To Remove Impeachment Ad Claiming McConnell Support

So much for so-called ‘safety’ and integrity’ and cracking down on ‘fake news’ stories.

Facebook’s supposed crack down on fake political news is apparently only for conservatives. Liberals who want to skirt the ‘fact-checking’ process are given free reign.

A misleading ad created by a California candidate shows Mitch McConnell ‘supporting’ impeachment, which is a bold-faced lie. However, the social media giant refuses to remove it.

Fox News reported:

Facebook will not unilaterally remove a misleading ad created by a California gubernatorial candidate who is challenging the company’s fact-checking policies by claiming that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., supports the impeachment of President Trump, Fox News has confirmed.

Titled “#ThanksMitch,” the ad by Adriel Hampton shows a series of spliced clips falsely indicating that McConnell backs the process that would prompt a Senate trial to determine whether Trump should be removed from office. McConnell has vowed to quash a removal effort and has also fiercely condemned Democratic attempts to impeach Trump.

In a statement to Fox News, Facebook didn’t say it would remove the ad. Instead, it said that unlike other candidates, Hampton’s ads would be subject to third-party fact-checking because he deliberately registered as a candidate in order to skirt its fact-checking policies.


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