Advertisements were created by merchandise companies that spent hundreds of thousands on Facebook over the past few years.
According to CNN data, Facebook has earned more than $280,000 through ads by “Ride the Red Wave”, since May. While the page has only 10,000 followers, the Facebook admins can reach millions of Americans by paying them to run it.
“Next Level Goods”, another page run by a different company has spent more that $500,000 in Facebook ads since 2019. This company frequently uses Facebook to advertise antivaccine tee shirts.
Meta, Facebook’s parent company, stated that the ads comparing US Covid-19 to Nazi Germany and comparing vaccines with the Holocaust, as well as the ad suggesting that the vaccine was poison, were in violation of its vaccine misinformation policies.
However, Facebook’s detection systems seem to have missed these ads, given that they were running on the platform.
CNN also asked Facebook about the ad with the title “Make Hanging Traitors Great Again.” However, Facebook did not respond to CNN’s request.
She stated that Facebook appears to have a more relaxed approach to advertising on pages that appear to be commercial, such as those selling teshirts, than pages that are associated with political campaigns.
CNN’s She said that a t-shirt will contain a lot more powerful rhetoric than a straight persuasion advertisement.