Meta announces the expansion of its tools and policies to provide transparency and control on electoral and political ads to more countries around the world, including Lebanon, where elections are scheduled to take place on May 15, 2022.
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Effective from March 22, Meta has launched enforcement on ads about elections or politics in Lebanon, to protect elections and help prevent interference, all advertisers must be authorized and located in that country:
While political ads play an important role in every election, according to Meta, people want the option to see fewer of these on their Facebook and Instagram feeds. Earlier this year, announced a new feature that allows people to have more control over the ads they see on Facebook. This feature gives people a choice to see fewer electoral and political ads with “Paid for by” disclaimers in Lebanon.
Commenting on the solution, Azzam Alameddin, Public Policy Director, MENAT at Meta, said, “We believe that more transparency leads to increased accountability and responsibility for both Meta and advertisers. Our work to help protect elections is never done, but changes like these continue to move us in the right direction. We’ll continue these efforts to make Facebook a safe community, protect the integrity of elections, and responsibly help ensure authentic connections and conversations on Facebook.”
To enable the electoral and political ad controls, you can adjust your ad topic preferences. You can only turn off electoral and political ads with disclaimers by clicking on the top of these ads in your feed.
For more details on how to become authorized to run social issues, electoral, and political ads, visit the Business Help Centre and select your country from the drop-down list. You can also learn more about authorizations in this digital guide and a step-by-step video.