Facebook was still pushing ads that featured voter fraud conspiracy propaganda as recently as this past Wednesday. The ads, which featured language such as “Every illegal vote cancels a legitimate one,” were paid for by conservative super PAC Restoration Action. The group paid Facebook an estimated $380,000 to run ads on “social issues, elections, or politics” between April 7 and May 7.
Most of those ads targeted election reform legislation that would expand voter registration, earl voting, and voting by mail. The legislation would also tighten election security. The legislation, pushed mostly by Democrats, has gone through the House and must now pass the Senate.
Republican leaders continue to attack the legislation. Former President Donald Trump referred to the legislation as “a monster” during a March speech. . “It virtually eliminates voter ID requirements nationwide, effectively ends all registration deadlines — can you believe this?” he said. Many of the Facebook ads echo this statement, with two outright featuring the former President.
The most recent ads have all been pulled by Facebook over violating advertising policies on the platform. Facebook, by its own admission, removes ads that, “include claims that include claims debunked by third-party fact checkers or, in certain circumstances, claims debunked by organizations with particular expertise.” One ad was pulled for claims about a proposed election reform legislation that Facebook verified as being false.
Voter fraud is incredibly rare to see in the United States, according to a database of election fraud operated by the Heritage Foundation. Election fraud is so rare that you are more likely to be hit by lightning than you are to commit election fraud.
Former President Donald Trump refused to accept his loss in the 2020 election in the weeks following the election. Mr Trump continues to push a false narrative that the election was rigged. The Trump campaign has also filed dozens of election fraud lawsuits but none have succeeded.