Top Republicans are privately worried about a new threat to President Trump’s campaign: the possibility of Facebook pulling a Twitter and banning political ads.
Why it matters: Facebook says it won’t, but future regulatory pressure could change that. If Facebook were to ban — or even limit — ads, it could upend Trump’s fundraising and re-election plan, GOP officials tell me.
Trump relies heavily — much more so than Democrats — on targeted Facebook ads to shape views and raise money.
Red flag: Kara Swisher, of Recode, the super plugged-in tech writer, predicted on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” that Mark Zuckerberg will ultimately buckle on allowing demonstrably false political adds on Facebook: “He’s going to change his mind — 100% … [H]e’s done it before.”