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Facebook to Curb Foreign Political Adverts Ahead of Indonesia Poll


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Tue, 05 Mar 2019 09:46 GMT

Ahead of Indonesia's presidential poll, Facebook has banned political advertising from outside the country, just weeks after the social media site was severely criticized by the European Union (EU) for doing very little to combat election meddling.

In a report from Reuters, the social network stated that it was temporarily restricting any paid material from ads located from outside the Asian nation that was related to politicians, parties or trials to encourage voter suppression.  

"We want to make it harder to interfere with elections on the platform, and easier for people to make their voices legitimately heard in the political process," Facebook said in a statement, adding the new policy will be effective starting Tuesday, March 5th. 

EU officials criticized the network earlier this year for not doing enough to scrutinise ads on its site in the run-up to EU elections in May. 

In response, the company revealed new tools and rules that require a wide range of political ads linked to elections to be specifically authorised and tagged with a clear "paid for by" disclaimer. 

Facebook only started to focus on its power to influence voting after it became apparent that Russian users influenced campaigns throughout the 2016 US election.