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The Technology 202: Facebook’s Biden decision highlights broader media struggle on political ads

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The Technology 202: Facebook's Biden decision highlights broader media struggle on political ads

Photo caption: Former vice president Joe Biden. (John Locher/Associated Press)

The campaigns of two leading Democratic presidential candidates are angry Facebook is running an ad they slam as misleading.

The criticism from Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) over Facebook’s decision to allow a Trump campaign ad that makes unsubstantiated claims about the former vice president has prompted another round of debate over the role the social network should play in policing content on its platform.

But the problem isn’t unique to Facebook: The entire media industry — from other social media platforms to cable networks — is grappling with how to treat politicians’ ads that contain unproven allegations or false or misleading information. […]

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