San Francisco: Fb has banned conservative information outlet and US President Donald Trump supporter The Epoch Occasions from shopping for advertisements on its platform for violating its insurance policies.
The Epoch Occasions spent $2 million on Fb advertisements supporting Trump and conspiracy theories about his political enemies, The NBC Information reported on Friday.
“Over the past year, we removed accounts associated with The Epoch Times for violating our ad policies, including trying to get around our review systems. We acted on additional accounts today and they are no longer able to advertise with us,” a Fb spokesperson mentioned in an announcement.
The Epoch Occasions pushed advertisements beneath names corresponding to “Honest Paper” and “Pure American Journalism”, bypassing Fb’s political promoting transparency guidelines.
A current NBC Information probe revealed how The Epoch Occasions had developed from a non-profit newspaper “into a conservative online news behemoth that embraced President Donald Trump and conspiracy content”.
Since 2016, The Epoch Occasions’ income greater than doubled, and the attain of its on-line content material zoomed previous that of each different information organisation, attracting billions of views throughout its platforms.
The information outlet spent $1.5 million on greater than 11,000 Trump-friendly Fb advertisements throughout the final yr.
Journalist Judd Legum noticed for the primary time how a number of advertisements from The Epoch Occasions had been in violation of Fb’s insurance policies.