Facebook’s apparent effort to censure political ads has resulted in the social media giant reportedly unintentionally blocking messages about vaccine information.
Politico reported that the company’s policies have resulted in ads banned from cities, health care providers, and community and faith-based groups that are promoting COVID-19 shots.
A Politico review of banned ads from last September reportedly showed that “Paid-for messages from at least 110 groups aimed at raising awareness of how the vaccines work or where to get inoculated were flagged and sent to Facebook’s register of political messages…”
While the ads’ sponsors can appeal if their promotions are taken down, the process could be too much of a burden in addition to dealing with other issues that arise regarding vaccine distribution and new strains of the coronavirus.
Politico reported that this has “led some public health experts to question if Facebook can be a viable forum for information on the pandemic as it faces pressure to combat