Political ads appear ‘active’ on Facebook despite post-Election Day ban

first_imgA number of elections-related ads were still listed as “active” in Facebook’s political ads library Wednesday morning, after the company’s post-election ban on political ads went into effect. The company said this can be because it can take up to 24 hours to reflect changes in the library, even if the ads are paused from being shown to users.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The company told CNBC it’s possible the library will temporarily show some ads as active and spending on Nov. 4 even if they were paused as of midnight, and said the library should soon correct “any minor inconsistencies in how the data is presented.”Facebook’s handling of political advertising has been rocky in the days leading up to the election. Last week, the company allowed President Trump’s campaign to run ads that implied victory, that boasted about GDP figures that hadn’t been released yet and others that implored people to “vote today” with graphics reading “Election Day is Today,” days before the election. Facebook said at the time it would be removing the “vote today” ads following inquiries. The company last week also suffered what it said was a technological issue that caused a number of ads from both political parties to be improperly paused. – Advertisement – In early October, the company announced it would stop running political ads in the U.S. after polls closed for the 2020 election on Nov. 3 and keep them halted for an indefinite period. The company said the temporary ban was expected to last about one week, but that it would be subject to change.As of Wednesday around 8 a.m. ET, CNBC was able to find dozens of political ads on Facebook still listed as active. Those included ads run by “Evangelicals for Trump” and “We are Great Again PAC,” along with those from Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party. Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern wrote on Twitter that it can be due to the fact that it can take a full day for the ad library to reflect changes made on an ad. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Falcao not happy – former agent

first_imgRadamel Falcao’s former agent claims the Colombian striker has been driven to tears by his Manchester United predicament. Falcao signed for United in a big-money season-long loan deal from Monaco on transfer deadline day in September, but has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford, and was selected to turn out for the under-21 team against Tottenham last week. But his former agent Silvano Espindola has told AS Colombia that Falcao did not understand the decision, and is deeply upset by the position he has found himself in. “I am not going to say that he feels happy because he isn’t. We talk a lot and we cry together,” Espindola said. “It’s not an easy situation because every player wants to play and every goalscorer wants to score goals.” United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted the decision to select him for the under-21s was not a humiliating one for Falcao, but Espindola said the 29-year-old was clearly upset when he and the frontman spoke ahead the match, in which Falcao struggled and was replaced after 71 minutes. “When he was going to play this match with the youth team he called me,” Espindola said. “We talked for 20 minutes while he was arriving at the stadium and he told me, ‘I have never experienced anything like this, I don’t know how to manage the situation. I feel weird’. “Furthermore he was a bit scared because these matches scare him – the matches with young teams and from the second or third division. In these matches they are accustomed to fighting and going in hard. It was like this when he was injured in France, against a team from the fourth division.” Falcao missed much of last season and the World Cup with a knee ligament injury – the second of his career – but Espindola does not believe that is a factor in his Old Trafford struggles. ” The injury is forgotten,” he said. “The main problem is the intensity of the game. He has to get this intensity back. The problem isn’t fear of another injury, it’s a lack of rhythm.” Falcao has scored only four goals in 21 appearances for United, but Espindola was critical of Van Gaal’s handling of the player. “He is a coach that kills your confidence,” Espindola said. “He destroys it. He is working with other great players that were at a great level and with Van Gaal they are now less so.” United paid a reported £6million loan fee for Falcao, as well as covering his hefty wage, and must decide whether to take up a £43.5million option to make the deal permanent in the summer. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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