Facebook curbs news pages with political ties


Facebook will hold news pages to the same advertising standards as political entities if they have political ties.

Angela Lang/CNET

This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the voting in November and its aftermath.

Facebook is moving to make news on its platform more trustworthy in the lead up to the 2020 election.  News publications with ties to political parties or politicians will now be banned from claiming the news exemption for Facebook’s ads authorization process, the company said Tuesday. 

News pages with political ties will remain on Facebook, but will be held to the same advertising standard as political entities.

“We’re implementing the following restrictions: news Pages with these affiliations will not be eligible for inclusion in Facebook News, and they won’t have access to news messaging on the Messenger Business Platform or the WhatsApp business API,” the company said in a post.

Facebook said it’s working on how to identify politically connected publishers.

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