The BBC has complained to the Conservative Party over a “completely unacceptable” paid Facebook advert which “distorts” news output.
The broadcaster has demanded the Conservative Party remove an advert which feature footage of BBC journalists – and which they say “distorts our output and which could damage perceptions of our impartiality”
The video includes a series of BBC journalists reading quotes of phrases that have been used by the Prime Minister.
But the way the clips have been edited could make it appear they were expressing their own opinions.
Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg is shown saying “pointless delay to Brexit “.
Newsreader Huw Edwards is shown saying “another Brexit delay.”
A third voice is heard saying “Parliament now holds the Prime Minister prisoner.”
The party paid for the ad to be shown to users at least 76,000 times since it launched earlier today.
A message on the BBC News Press Team Twitter account read: “We’re aware of Conservative Party Facebook adverts using edited BBC content.
This is a completely unacceptable use of BBC content which distorts our output and which could damage perceptions of our impartiality.
“We are asking the Conservatives to remove these adverts.”
The party were accused of hipocrisy for running a ‘fake news’ election campaign at home while funding plans to fight disinformation in other countries.
The Conservative Government this year made a £100 million commitment to “counter disinformation” in elections and democracy.
Yet the party themselves have been accused of using disinformation tactics during the election campaign.
Lib Dem Chuka Umunna said: “This is staggering hypocrisy and shows how far the Tories have lurched to the extremes.
“They are now the party of Donald Trump and Nigel Farage, willing to deliberately mislead voters and undermine our country’s values just to gain a few votes.
“It is appalling that under the Tories, the UK has gone from being a global leader in tackling disinformation to having a government that is a master at creating it. They are dragging our democracy through the dirt.”
During a live TV debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Mr Johnson, the Tory press office altered its Twitter account to pose as an independent fact checking service.
Their name changed to ‘factcheckUK’ for the duration of the ITV debate and the Conservative Party logo was removed from the page.
Twitter warned that any further attempts to “mislead people” during the UK election will result in action.
On the first day of the campaign, Tory press officers pushed out a fake news video of an interview with Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer, doctored to appear he was unclear on the party’s Brexit policy.