LA CROSSE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – On Monday night, the La Crosse County Republican Party Facebook page discovered that Facebook had stopped running ads that had previously been running. Facebook determined that the page was no longer allowed to advertise.
“This page isn’t allowed to advertise because it has repeatedly posted content that has been debunked by third-party fact-checkers,” Facebook wrote on the party’s page. “This behavior means the page hasn’t complied with our Misinformation Advertising Policy, which is a requirement for advertising on Facebook.”
With just two weeks before the November election this is a major concern for the La Crosse County Republican page. The Facebook media-keepers went on and explained that the $745.50 the La Crosse GOP spent on Facebook ads have been disabled, and it cannot run new ads nor create them.
Bill Feehan, the chairman of the La Crosse County Republican Party, was shocked with the social network giant’s actions. In Feehan’s interview with Empower Wisconsin, Feehan thinks the Facebook page was slammed because of a posted interview with President Donald Trump’s attorney and former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani. The video included Giuliani discussing emails that touched on Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and how he made a mint off of his father’s name.
Like many organizations Facebook is a key tool to get news out to the public, and being limited or slammed by the platform itself can be hard to overcome. Feehan believes Facebook is interfering and that this interference can change the outcome of the election.
The La Crosse County Republican Facebook page is extremely active in terms of content and information, which helped win the battleground of Wisconsin for Trump in 2016. The crackdown from Facebook affects the page’s reach limiting the number of people that can hear their message, and with no ability to advertise this severely restricts the page’s ability to disseminate information. Social media crackdowns continue to be a hot topic immediately following the restriction of a New York Post story uncovering Hunter Biden text messages implicating his suspicious dealings with foreign powers.
Social media networks have faced scrutiny and criticism as voters grow increasingly concerned in the companies’ ability to potentially sway the results of elections.