Biden’s digital director Rob Flaherty said: “We found ourselves unable to trust our ads to run properly, or if our competitors were being awarded. for a partisan advantage, not fair ”.
Facebook said the technical problems affected both presidential campaigns. CNN reached out to Trump’s election campaign for comment.
Both campaigns used Facebook ads to encourage and solicit donations to the campaign, and both spent tens of millions of dollars on the platform this year.
Operation Biden has criticized Facebook̵7;s role in this election, including its policy of allowing politicians to lie in political ads, which Democrats see as giving Trump an advantage.
Facebook said in its statement Thursday, “No ads were paused or disapproved by one person or because of any partisan consideration.”
The technical issues were the result of a change in their political advertising policies during the last week of the campaign.
Those restrictions were introduced on Tuesday and the policy change caused problems for Facebook’s automated systems to review and approve ads before they could become operational on the platform.
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone told CNN.
The company says some of the problems are also caused by the campaign’s failure to understand the guidelines Facebook has issued on its new rules.
Flaherty said on Thursday, “It’s not yet clear whether Facebook will give Donald Trump an unfair electoral advantage in this particular case, but it’s clear that Facebook was completely unprepared. to handle this election although there are four years to prepare. “