Facebook strengthens political ads rules ahead of EU election

Facebook logo is seen on a shop window in Malaga, Spain on June 4, 2018. Photo by Jon Nazca/Reuters

LONDON — Facebook said Friday it is further tightening up requirements for European Union political advertising, in its latest efforts to prevent foreign interference and increase transparency ahead of bloc-wide voting in May.

The social media giant said it will require political advertisers to confirm they are located in an EU country. That’s on top of a previously announced requirement that ad buyers must confirm their identities.

Ads that don’t comply will be blocked starting in mid-April.

Silicon Valley tech companies are facing rising pressure from EU authorities to do more to prevent their platforms being used by outside groups to meddle in elections. EU officials in…

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