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Facebook will ban ads that present races or religions as threats

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Facebook is placing new restrictions on hateful content in ads, explicitly banning ads that encourage racial divisions. Specifically, the new policy will “prohibit claims that people from a specific race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, gender identity or immigration status are a threat to the physical safety, health or survival of others.” The policy will also restrict ads that express contempt for immigrants or refugees.

Notably, the new restrictions apply only to advertisements and will not affect posts without paid promotion.

“Facebook stands for giving people a voice, and that especially means people who have previously not had as much voice, or as much power to share their own...

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