The company has made the move following the Cambridge Analytica scandal
Social networking website Facebook has restricted external agencies from having access to political ads on its platform. The move comes in at the time when a third of the population in the world, including India, is set to vote for elections this year.
The new update does not allow third-party ad transparency tools to be used by news organisations and other agencies. The company claims the step has been taken in order to prevent malicious actors from scraping user data and Facebook does not intend to stop critical reporting on its platform.
According to WhoTargetsMe, a British group that uses its ad transparency tool, Facebook has disabled use of plugins that collect information about political ads.
A report by The Guardian, also stated that ProPublica, a US investigative journalism site was facing similar restrictions since the changes were made by Facebook.
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