The pressure is now on Facebook to ban political ads, too

MAE ANDERSON and RACHEL LERMAN AP Technology Writers SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter's ban on political advertising is ratcheting up pressure on Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg to follow suit. But so far, that doesn't appear likely to happen. Facebook's policy is to accept paid political ads without fact-checking them or censoring them, even if they contain lies. And Zuckerberg doubled down on that stand Wednesday following Twitter's announcement, reiterating that "political speech is important" and that Facebook is loath to interfere with it. Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites have come under fire over Russia's use of such platforms to spread misinformation and sow political division in the U.S. during the 2016 presidential campaign. That debate has heated up again in recent
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