In a bid to prevent foreign interference, Facebook has disclosed that it won’t be accepting political advertisements from outside Nigeria.
Though Facebook ads are an integral part of the social media campaign for candidates and parties, Facebook said it is rolling out new rules to prevent “foreign interference” around the polls. Following this new move which came after Cambridge Analytica obtained the personal data of as many as 87 million users ahead of the 2016 US elections, political ad buyers in countries affected by the new rule must confirm their identity and location and their ads will be archived in an online library for seven years.
The new policy also takes effect in Ukraine, where presidential elections will be held in March. In India, where general elections will be held in April, Facebook said it will begin to archive electoral ads in an online library starting February.