Facebook will ban all new political advertisements the week before the election, founder Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday as part of a series of moves to prevent interference in the November contest.
'We're going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign. It's important that campaigns can run get out the vote campaigns, and I generally believe the best antidote to bad speech is more speech, but in the final days of an election there may not be enough time to contest new claims,' Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
The sweeping set of actions - the biggest the company has announced to date - comes amid what is expected to be a contentious election between President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Election Day is two months away.
'This election is not going to be business as usual. We all have a responsibility to protect our democracy,' Zuckerberg wrote.
The founder and CEO of Facebook said the policies would apply to President Trump, who has had previous social media posts flagged for containing misleading information.
'This will definitely apply to the president once this policy goes into place and it will apply to everyone equally,' Zuckerberg told CBS 'This Morning.'
He admitted to having conversations with President Trump about his social media use.
'I have had certain discussions with him in the past and where I've told him that I thought some of the rhetoric was problematic. If I did talk to him, you know, be clear about how -- just the importance of making sure that people have confidence in the election,' he added.
Mark Zuckerberg announced a series of sweeping changes to Facebook policy to prevent any interference in the 2020 election
The November election between President Trump and Joe Biden is expected to be contentious
The changes were announced amid concerns about the role social media companies will play in the November contest.
Facebook has become one of the main campaign battlegrounds between Trump and Biden.