Falsehood Election Ads on Facebook Create Riots

Facebook and TikTok failed to filter "blatant" falsehoods about the US midterms and voting integrity.

The researchers sent 20 false ads to Facebook, TikTok, and YouTube in an experiment.

Commercials focused on key swing states including Arizona and Georgia.

YouTube rejected all test submissions and suspended the channel that posted them.

Compared to iOS and Android, the other two platforms performed poorly.

Researchers revealed that TikTok authorised 90% of advertising with plainly inaccurate or misleading content.

The article says Facebook approved a "substantial number," but less than TikTok.

Ads were submitted in both English and Spanish, with the former including misleading information that voting days would be extended