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Parliamentary questions
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18 November 2019
E-003857/2019
Question for written answer E-003857/2019
to the Commission
Rule 138
Stelios Kouloglou (GUE/NGL)
 Answer in writing 
 Subject: Facebook’s new advertising policy

In late September this year, Facebook updated its advertising rules (1) . In particular, the company rescinded an internal policy, so that from now on political advertising is exempt from fact-checking (2) . Under the new policy, politicians and candidates standing for election will not be subject to any restrictions, and thus allowed to publish false, deceptive or misleading paid advertisements.

Given the importance of true and verifiable information for rational decision-making, and the detrimental effects of disinformation and fake news on democracy:

1. Is the Commission aware of Facebook’s new advertising policy?

2. Is Facebook’s new advertising policy in line with the principles laid down in the Code of Practice on Disinformation signed in October 2018, to which Facebook is a signatory?

3. What regulatory measures is the Commission planning to protect users of major online platforms from being targeted for misinformation and, in particular, to ensure the integrity of elections is not undermined by the spread of false information?

(1)https://www.facebook.com/policies/ads/#
(2)https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/04/facebook-exempts-political-ads-ban-making-false-claims
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