July 24, 2021

Report: “Facebook Sticks To Policy Allowing Lies in Political Ads”

From Politico:

 Facebook is standing by its policies that allow politicians to lie to voters, while targeting their ads at narrow subsets of the public — decisions with vast implications for the more than $1 billion in online campaign messaging expected in this year’s elections.

The online giant announced Thursday morning that it is not changing the most controversial elements of its approach to campaign ads, after months of a debate that has divided Silicon Valley and brought Facebook a barrage of criticism from Democrats. The critics have been most incensed by Facebook’s refusal to fact-check politicians’ claims, accusing the company of knowingly profiting from deception.

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From CNN:

Facebook on Thursday announced some new ways for users to see what political ads are running on its platform and some new controls about how they can be targeted with ads.
 
The company allows campaigns to upload lists of voter information like names and email addresses to its platform. Facebook then finds those voters’ Facebook profiles and allows campaigns to target them with ads. [Rob] Leathern said users would soon be able to choose how campaigns target them in this way.

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See Also: Full Text of Facebook Announcement (via Facebook Newsroom)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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