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On the eve of Syria's first multicandidate presidential election, Facebook faced demands to donate the money it received for paid advertisements on its site from the government of President Bashar Assad.The ads, which have now been taken down, are part of the "Sawa" (together) campaign by Assad's office. It is unclear how much money the social media firm received for the ads, which are thought to have run for at least 10 days.Unlike Facebook pages, which are free, advertisements on the site have to be vetted by a staff member, according to its own rules.The Facebook page for the Sawa campaign is still up and has over 200,000 likes.
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