Mandatory disclaimers could be added to election advertisements that appear on social media websites in the future if plans outlined by US regulators go ahead.
On Thursday, US regulators attempted to come up with a solution to the Russia-linked ads that appeared on Facebook at the time of the 2016 American presidential election.
US politicians have questioned Russia's role in the election, accusing it of exploiting social media accounts, as well as placing adverts on social media websites with the intention of influencing the result, using advertising tools to closely target voters.
During a meeting, the US Federal Election Commission voted 5-0 to bring advertisement disclaimers into law for future elections and political events.
In the past, the Commission has downplayed the suggestion of placing disclaimers on social media sites after Facebook and Google said they'd be "impractical".
Internet giants, including Facebook, Google and Twitter, have come under increasing pressure from various organisations and bodies to do more to ensure political advertisements are better regulated.
Russia, according to experts, had used Facebook to spread political messages to influence the presidential election vote. This continued after the election, too.
As Reuters reports, Facebook, Google and Twitter have since implemented new rules to reduce the scope for foreign political intervention in future US presidential elections.
The companies have also claimed that they're happy to work with US officials to fight against the misuse of political advertising, but they need more clarification on what the proposed disclaimers will actually entail.
Since the news came alight, several congressional committees have conducted hearings into the allegations.
"Disclaimers on paid digital and internet-based advertisements are one tool identified as a mechanism for exposing foreign-paid advertisements," three Republican members of the commission wrote, according to Reuters.
Facebook is the biggest supporter of the commission decision, saying that it "strongly supports" the Commission's and its decision to enforce disclaimers.
According to the company, as many as 126 million Americans may have come across the Russia-backed advertisements, although how influential these post may have been remains open to question.
US presidential elections are typically won by the candidate that raises the most money, although this generalisation was overturned last year.
While Hillary Clinton raised about $1.19bn the winner, Donald Trump, raised only just over half this sum - $646.8m, according to Bloomberg.
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