Media Moves

Facebook bans The Epoch Times from advertising on its platform

August 23, 2019

Posted by Yvonne Zacharias

Facebook has banned The Epoch Times from any future advertising on its platform, reports CNBC.

The Times, a conservative news outlet, has spent more money on pro-Trump Facebook advertisements than any group other than the Trump campaign. 

“Over the past year we removed accounts associated with the Epoch Times for violating our ad policies, including trying to get around our review systems,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “We acted on additional accounts today and they are no longer able to advertise with us.”

Facebook’s decision came as a result of a review prompted by questions from NBC News. The spokesperson explained that ads must include disclaimers that accurately represent the name of the
ad’s sponsors.

In an apparent effort to bypass Facebook’s political advertising transparency rules, The Epoch Times’ pro-Trump conspiracy ads on Facebook appeared under page names such as “Honest Paper ” and “Pure American Journalism.” 

Nicholas Fouriezos, a reporter for the website OZY, tweeted about the move Thursday. It was first spotted last week by Lachlan Markay of The Daily Beast.

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