According to CNN, Facebook will remove some ads for President Donald Trump's re-election campaign from its platform. "There are guidelines to avoid confusion in the official US census, and this is an example of enforcement," a Facebook spokesman said in an email to The Verge.
As journalist Judd Legum first reported in his "Popular Info" newsletter, Trump's campaign ran ads asking people to respond to an "official district census" linked to his campaign website. “This survey is essential to our team's 2020 campaign strategy. We need patriotic Americans like YOU to respond to this census so we can develop a winning strategy for YOUR STATE, ”one ad says.
The link in the ad describes itself as the "official census of the Congress District".
Screenshot of the Trump campaign ad.
The polls in the ads, which were not part of an official US census survey, included questions about which news agency participants read and collected personal information such as age, name, and contact information, Popular Info reported. One question asked whether respondents "believe Nancy Pelosi and the radical left are presenting their personal anti-Trump agenda to what is best for the American people."
Facebook's 2020 census rules prohibit "misrepresenting government participation in the census".
Pelosi interfered Thursday and said at a press conference that she was "upset" by the ad, which she called "a lie that is consistent with Facebook's misrepresentation policy." She added that she thought the Trump administration wanted to see the census counted. "I know that profit motive is their business model, but it shouldn't be at the expense of counting who is in our country so that we can provide the services and the rest," said Pelosi.
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment.