The campaign of Joe Biden, the US Democratic nominee in the current Presidential Elections, had stated on 29th October that issues in the advertising systems of the social media platform Facebook, the campaign had suffered a potential loss of $500,000 in donations.
Throughout the election, the Biden campaign has called into question whether Facebook has been giving the Republican campaign an unfair advantage. As, before this error in the advertising system, there was the issue of Facebook, not fact-checking advertisements being run by politicians.
Whilst Facebook had said this would be done so to allow for election-running candidates and their campaigns to challenge what was being said about them, this practice is being considered by Democrats as being an unfavorable advantage to the Trump campaign.
The digital director of the Democratic campaign, Joe Flaherty, has said, “We find ourselves five days out from Election Day unable to trust that our ads will run properly.”
It was also said that, despite Facebook having had the past four years as a time to prepare for the elections, it has been made clear that they were still not equipped well enough to handle the situation.
Facebook has claimed that the fault that had occurred had affected both campaigns. The company had changed policies to restrict the amount of information being spread in the final week. Unfortunately, this also resulted in issues arising in Facebook’s systems when it came to analyzing and accepting the advertisements to run on the website.
The platform had insisted that neither campaign had been affected by partisan consideration.
The social media platform has also said that issues arose as a result of neither campaign fully understanding the new policies being set out by Facebook.
Both the Biden and Trump campaigns have spent several millions of dollars on the social media platform and have been utilizing it in order to canvass donations from supporters.