Shortly ahead of the US National 2020 census, President Trump’s campaign is running ads on Facebook that some are saying are misleading users into thinking that a data-gathering and fundraising survey for the Trump presidential campaign is actually the official US national census.
Facebook confirmed with Recode that it plans to take down the ads. According to Facebook’s ad library, Trump’s Facebook page is running a series of hundreds of ads asking users to respond to what it calls a “census.” But in fact, the ads point to a campaign survey for Trump, not the official 2020 US census.
The RNC has been mailing similarly deceptive fake “census” letters in multiple states.
Facebook removed Trump campaign ads that referred to a census, saying they violated a company policy aimed at preventing disinformation and other interference with the nationwide 2020 census, which goes online next week. https://t.co/kvACv4HKIc
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Speaker Pelosi criticizes Facebook over Trump campaign ad ahead of 2020 census: "Now they're messing with who we are as Americans. I know the profit motive is their business model—but it should not come at the cost of counting who is in our country." https://t.co/4PyhUsuqQj pic.twitter.com/7V1sKh4VUq
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