Several media outlets have published articles claiming that presidential nominee Joe Biden has removed all of his negative ads in the wake of president Trump’s recent COVID diagnosis.
This claim however is wrong. First, Brent Scher on Twitter sparked this investigation by tweeting:
A lot of praise for @JoeBiden campaign for pulling negative ads, but scan of Facebook ad library shows it’s not really true.
Screenshots of still active FB ads below talking about Trump taking healthcare and being purged from life—all currently active, all pretty negative.
Second, after finding this out, I reached out to some colleagues who buy and sell ads on Facebook. According to them, Facebook has an ad network that allows you to see a company or organization’s ad history and public information. So I asked if they could look up Biden’s ad page. Biden’s campaign is public and apparently, according to them, the ads have not been removed, at least not all. I am fining more evidence to bolster this FT and will update accordingly.