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New Rules for Facebook Advertising

Read on for our party guidance on Facebook's new advertising rules when it comes to political advertising

By Shaun Roberts, Oct 26, 2018 2:10

A cluster of Liberal Democrat balloons.

As many members will be aware starting from November, Facebook is implementing new rules on who can run Facebook adverts on politics.

After that date, nobody will be able to run adverts unless they have completed the authorisation process.

Identity Confirmation

Members can complete the individual authorisation process on their own – but they should be aware that they will need to provide a form of identification to Facebook as part of that process.

Once they have been approved by Facebook, they should notify Party HQ. In order to help with our compliance with electoral law, anyone approved by Facebook should notify HQ by emailing [email protected]

Only members will be authorised to run Facebook adverts on behalf of the party and a list of those who are authorised in your local party will be available via Salesforce, beginning the 9th November.



Alongside adverts, you will now be required to display a disclaimer of who is paying for the advert.

When not in a regulated period, this disclaimer should always be the name of the accounting unit (local party) that is responsible for the adverts. Only accounting units (local parties) registered with the electoral commission may be used. An example disclaimer would be Paid for by Anytown Liberal Democrats.

When in a regulated period, this disclaimer should always be the name of the agent and the candidate the spending is on behalf of IE Paid for by John Smith, on behalf of Jane Smith.

If a branch is paying for adverts, then the accounting unit (local party) should be displayed publicly.

If an individual is paying for adverts, then they must either:

  • Be reimbursed by the local party for the cost of the advertising – and any relevant invoices and payment records should be kept by the local party Treasurer for no less than 7 years.
  • Or be recorded on your PPERA return as a donation in kind of the right amount and any invoices kept on file by the local party Treasurer for no less than 7 years.

Local Parties are not permitted to incur expenditure for Facebook against party spending without explicit permission of the Party’s Chief Executive Officer.

If there are any questions on this guidance, please email [email protected] and we will be happy to answer them.

You can find a step-by-step guide to following this guidance here: www.libdems.org.uk/facebook-advertising-authorisation

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