Facebook’s management is making some moves in the name of its version of transparency.
Facebook Inc will soon require that advertisers wanting to run ads on hot-button political issues go through an authorization process first, a move the social network hopes will prevent the spread of misinformation across its platform.
In October, Facebook unveiled a similar authorization requirement for election-related ads. The latest move will cover “issue ads”—those that don’t specifically mention a candidate but weigh in on a divisive issue, including during an election campaign.
These moves strike me as just move by Facebook management and IT types to facilitate their efforts at censoring the speech of which they personally disapprove. These steps have nothing at all to do with separating fake from truth—which is the sole responsibility of the reader, anyway.