Facebook Thursday removed advertisements by Prez Trump’s re-election campaign that asked customers to fill out an “Official 2020 Congressional District Census” as a result of the ads violate the corporate’s policy against misinformation on the government’s census.
The advertisements, which come from the pages of the Republican prez and VP Mike Pence, link to a poll on an official campaign website and then to a page asking for donations.
The social media platform, which has faced criticism for allowing politicians to run deceptive ads, stated December it could ban advertisements that intend to limit participation in the U.S. census, which delegates and lawmakers fear could possibly be targeted by disinformation aiming to dent the count.
The Trump campaign and the Census Bureau didn’t instantly respond to a request for comment.
The 2020 census became a political lightning rod when Trump declared plans two years ago so as to add a question asking respondents if they had been U.S. residents. The step, which was blocked by the U.S. Supreme Court, faced criticism by some states and civil liberties groups who stated the question was meant to discourage immigrants from participating and help Republicans acquire seats in the U.S. Congress.