After President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis was revealed October 2, Joe Biden’s campaign swiftly pulled down all of the attack ads it had placed on Facebook.
Trump’s campaign didn’t follow suit — a Syracuse University data project reveals Trump’s campaign deploying attack ads at relatively steady rates before and after the diagnosis.
“If the rule is that you don’t attack the guy in the hospital, why would the President pull down his own ads?” Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said in an email Tuesday to CBS News.
The Illuminating Project at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies uses a combination of human review and machine learning to analyze campaign ads on Facebook. It evaluates ads as “civil” or “uncivil” in tone, and separately at the message being conveyed – is it an “attack ad,” for example, or advocating