Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone said: “Because the committee to defend the president repeatedly shares content that is determined to be false by third-party fact checkers, they are not allowed to advertise on our platform for a period of time.” Tong declined to say what led to Thursday’s action.
CNN business has contacted the committee to defend the president’s opinion.
According to a controversial policy vigorously defended by the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, politicians, including political candidates, are allowed to lie in political advertisements. He said that Facebook should not be the “arbitrator of truth.”
But other political groups, including the Political Action Committee, must accept fact checks by third-party groups paid by Facebook.
The advertisements run by the committee to defend the president aroused criticism from Democrats.
A representative of former President Barack Obama sent a letter to the PAC to stop the visit earlier this year, asking it to stop broadcasting using the words of the former president to imply that former Vice President Joe Biden supports the “plantation” “Politics” ads.
In October, the Biden campaign sent a letter to Facebook complaining that PAC had advertised.
Since 2018, the Committee for the Defense of the President has nearly 1 million fans on Facebook and has spent more than $300,000 on Facebook ads.
A Facebook spokesperson pointed out that part of the Facebook policy reads: “Action against repeat offenders: Pages and websites that repeatedly share false news will be subject to certain restrictions, including reducing their distribution; they may also not be able to monetize and advertise. And their ability to register as a news page has been removed.”