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Trump campaign reportedly spent $147 million for TV ads
Donald Trump with President of the United Mexican States Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, July 2020
Donald Trump with President of the United Mexican States Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, July 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

According to a report by AdAge, the Trump Campaign has booked $147.2 million worth of TV ads for the time between July 10 and the 2020 Election, with most of the budget being spent from Labor Day on. In comparison, the Biden campaign has only spent $1.5 million for the same period.

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook takes down Trump ads for featuring Nazi imagery
Nazi concentration camp badges, translated to English.
Nazi concentration camp badges, translated to English. Credit: via United States Holocaust Memorial Museum / Public Domain

Facebook has taken down several ads and posts by the Trump campaign for using a Nazi-related imagery. The ads contained an image of an inverted red triangle, a symbol used in concentration camps to identify political dissidents. The Trump campaign responded to a user on Twitter, claiming it was a "symbol widely used by Antifa. It was used in an ad about Antifa", and adding that it wasn't in the ADL's Hate Symbol Database.

Facebook said in a statement that they removed the posts and ads as they were violating their policy against organised hate and that their "policy prohibits using a banned hate group’s symbol to identify political prisoners without the context that condemns or discusses the symbol".

Technology • Internet & Web
Facebook adds option to opt-out of seeing political ads and a "Voting Information Center"
Screenshots of the Voting Information Center on Facebook
Screenshots of the Voting Information Center on Facebook Credit: Facebook

Facebook announced on Tuesday that users in the U.S. now have the option to opt-out of seeing political ads on their platform. In a blog post called "Launching The Largest Voting Information Effort in US History", the company wrote "people have told us they want the option to see fewer political ads on Facebook and Instagram. After announcing this feature earlier this year we are now making it available as part of our preparations for the 2020 US elections".

The "Voting Information Center", available on both Facebook and Instagram, will include, among other things, posts from verified local election authorities, guidance on registration and information on absentee ballots.