Facebook pauses some political spending after Capitol riot

Facebook pauses some political spending after Capitol riot


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Facebook announced Monday that it would pause its contributions to political action committees after last week’s deadly attack on the US Capitol, as first reported by Axios.

“Following last week’s awful violence in DC, we are pausing all of our PAC contributions for at least the current quarter, while we review our policies,” Facebook spokesperson Danial Robert told The Verge in a statement Monday.

Facebook’s political spending freeze will last at least through the first quarter of 2021. This freeze only affects PAC contributions, not all of Facebook’s political spending.

The social media company is joining a group of other private companies halting…

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