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Anonymous Facebook ads say ‘bin Chequers’

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Image caption Political groups have been spending increasing amounts of money on Facebook adverts

An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit.

Evidence given to the government’s fake news inquiry found that a site called Mainstream Network had spent more than £250,000 on the pro-Brexit campaign.

No information is available to say who owns or funds Mainstream Network.

It comes as Facebook announced new rules around political advertising – and its funding – earlier this week.

The site now requires political advertisers to prove their identity and that they are based in the UK, before they can run political adverts.

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