Facebook Just Began a Ban of Foreign Political Ads in Indonesia

The country’s general election is set for April 17

Facebook teamed up with the YCAB Foundation and Do Something Indonesia on Think Before You Share selensergen/iStock

Indonesians will go to the polls for their country’s general election April 17, and Facebook outlined some of the steps it is taking to ensure that its platform is not improperly used to sway voters.

As Facebook has already done in other countries, Facebook began temporarily disallowing electoral ads coming from outside of Indonesia Tuesday morning, saying that the restriction applies to any ads referencing politicians or parties, or aimed at encouraging or suppressing voting.

Public policy director Katie Harbath and head of public policy for Indonesia Ruben Hattari said in a Newsroom post that the social network is using a combination of machine learning and human review to enforce this policy and identify ads that should no longer be running on its platform.

Also, as is the case in other countries, the Info and Ads section on pages will provide information on all ads run by those pages, including political ads, such as when the page was created and its previous names, if applicable.

Specifically for Indonesia, Facebook teamed up with the YCAB Foundation and Do Something Indonesia on Think Before You Share, a program aimed at educating over 30,000 students, teachers and parents in seven provinces about “critical thinking skills in the online world.”

And the social network is training local government officials and community members in the eastern part of the country on key digital skills via its Laju Digital program.


david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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