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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Ex-GRA personnel charged for collecting bribe from night club owner

first_imgThirty-three-year-old Siresti Bascom, a former employee of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), was on Friday slapped with a charge of corrupt transaction when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Remanded: Siresti BascomBascom, who is now a security guard, denied that on December 4, 2018, at the Rio Night Club, while being an agent of the GRA, he corruptly obtained $1 million from Paul Daby as a reward or inducement to not seize and remove uncustomed alcoholic beverages found at the nightclub, an act in relation to his principal affairs.The court heard that on the day in question, the defendant was given instructions to go and seize a quantity of illegal alcoholic beverages at the nightclub, but failed to do same and instead collected the cash listed in the charge.A report was later made against Bascom regarding his actions. An investigation was launched into the matter and upon completion, the present charge was instituted against him.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh made no objections to bail being granted and as such, Magistrate Leron Daly granted Bascom his pre-trial liberty in the sum of $80,000.Bascom will make his next court appearance on September 20, 2019.last_img read more

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