Trump campaign 'Election Day is Today' ads removed by Facebook

Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY
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The Trump campaign is testing the limits of Facebook's new restrictions on election advertising.

Facebook said in early October that it would stop accepting political ads the week before the election and would halt them for a week or longer after the polls close on Election Day. Any ads in the coming week had to run at least once before Tuesday to be approved.

One of the political ads the Trump campaign placed Tuesday declared "Election Day is Today," likely intended to run on Nov. 3.

Facebook said it would take down the ads.

“As we made clear in our public communications and directly to campaigns, we prohibit ads that say ‘Vote Today’ without additional context or clarity,” the company told USA TODAY in a statement.

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The Trump campaign accused Facebook of censoring political messages to tip the election to former Vice President Joe Biden.

"This is election interference at the hands of the Silicon Valley Mafia, and it is dangerous for our democracy," Samantha Zager, deputy national press secretary, said in a statement.

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Muskegon County Airport on Oct. 17 in Norton Shores, Mich.
President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Muskegon County Airport on Oct. 17 in Norton Shores, Mich.

With tensions rising between President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger in the waning days of the election, Facebook and other social media companies have taken significant steps to keep political candidates and their campaigns from using its social media platforms to cast doubt on the election and its outcome.

Election integrity has emerged as a paramount issue for or social media companies whose platforms have been used in elections around the world to spread conspiracy theories, divisive messages and outright falsehoods.

Facebook is working to avoid a repeat of the 2016 U.S. election in which Russian agents used the platform to amplify division in the American electorate.

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