Candidate for California governor aims to expose Facebook's 'dangerous' political ad policy

Facebook has a policy not to fact check political ads from politicians.

"It's very, very dangerous to put out political misinformation, but, right now, Facebook said it's open season," Hampton told ABC News.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News. But last week, the tech giant's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, appeared before Congress and faced questions about its ad policy.

In particular, Zuckerberg was grilled by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, over how Facebook would handle the spread of false information across the site. When Ocasio-Cortez asked if she could target Republicans and falsely claim that they supported the Green New Deal -- one of her signature ideas -- Zuckerberg said he didn't know the answer to that "off the top of my head."

In a statement to the Associated Press following Zuckerberg's testimony, the company doubled-down on its policy.

"In a democracy, people should decide what is credible, not tech companies," the company wrote in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. "That's why -- like other internet platforms and broadcasters -- we don't fact check ads from politicians."

Afterward, Hampton followed through with Ocasio-Cortez's hypothetical scenario and created a parody ad that featured Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C, voicing his support for the Green New Deal -- something the conservative senator has never done.

The ad was taken down. Facebook spokesman Tom Channick told Reuters that the ad could be reviewed by the company’s third-party fact-checking partners since it was created by Hampton's political action group.

Now that Hampton is a candidate in the California governor's race, he is working on new fake ads, which he expects Facebook will allow to stay up.

"That's how you would actually influence elections," Hampton told ABC News.