Facebook EXTENDS Political Ad Bans, Will Affect Key Georgia Senate Race

(JustPatriots.com)- Social media giant Facebook announced this week that it will keep its political ad ban in place for another month, potentially having a substantial impact on key Georgia Senate runoff races that will decide which party controls the chamber.

According to ABC News, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the ban on political ads, which was put in place immediately after polls closed on election day, will be extended for another month.

“The temporary pause for ads about politics and social issues in the U.S. continues to be in place as part of our ongoing efforts to protect the election,” a Facebook blog post reads. “Advertisers can expect this to last another month, though there may be an opportunity to resume these ads sooner.”

The news comes after several reports showed how right-wing Facebook pages were attracting the most attention from users, and could be an attempt at stopping Republicans from reaching voters in the run-up to the key runoff elections in Georgia.

Democrats appear to be really angry about the move, however. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee publicly expressed their anger about the continuation of the policy.

Executive Director for the Committee, Scott Fairchild, told ABC News that the problem was actually “organic disinformation,” an attempt at saying Republicans share inaccurate information online. Which is ironic, as Democrats continue to refer to their candidate as the President-Elect despite this not yet being the case.

“Continuing to ban ads is now actively harmful to organizations working to inform Georgia’s diverse voters about the January runoffs,” Fairchild said. “These ad bans are voter suppression plain and simple, they directly benefit Republican senators, and at a minimum, there should be an exemption for ads in Georgia over the next two months.”

But adding an exemption for Georgia would fly in the face of the entire purpose of setting up the ad bans.

It is also not clear that the ban would benefit Republicans, given how effective Republicans are at advertising on social media.

Republican Senatorial candidate for Georgia, Kelly Loeffler, slammed the decision and said it was an attempt suppressing free speech.

“By continuing its political ad ban during this runoff, Facebook & Google are suppressing free speech,” she said. “They are silencing conservatives.”

It doesn’t exactly sound like Republicans are happy about this, does it, Democrats?