US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has paid for a series of Facebook adverts with false claims about chief executive Mark Zuckerberg – shining a light on the platform’s decision to allow politicians to make false statements in paid adverts.

The sponsored post by the political hopeful reads: “Breaking news: Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook just endorsed Donald Trump for re-election.

“You’re probably shocked, and you might be thinking, “how could this possibly be true?”

“Well, it’s not. (Sorry).”

We intentionally made a Facebook ad with false claims and submitted it to Facebook’s ad platform to see if it’d be approved. It got approved quickly and the ad is now running on Facebook. Take a look:

— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 12, 2019

Ms Warren was highlighting an advertising loophole that means politicians are exempt from the company’s third-party fact-checking programme.

She told her 3.3 million Twitter followers: “Facebook holds incredible power to affect elections and our national debate.

“They’ve decided to let political figures lie to you – even about Facebook itself – while their executives and their investors get even richer off the ads containing these lies.

“Once again,

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