Google’s Rubles: What We Know So Far About Russian Meddling Via Ad Platforms

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Google is the latest walled garden to be sucked down the Russian rabbit hole. The Washington Post reported Monday that Google has uncovered evidence of ads linked to Russia that were used to spread propaganda via YouTube, Gmail, Google Search and its DoubleClick ad network. Google’s revelations follow similar disclosures by Facebook and Twitter, whichContinue reading »

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Facebook’s Post-Russia Ad Policy Changes Have Implications For All Advertisers

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The changes that Facebook is making in response to its ongoing Russia-linked ads predicament will impact every advertiser on the platform, not just political advertisers. For one, Facebook’s effort to introduce more transparency into political advertising could start bubbling up information that brands can use as competitive intel to track trends and make suppositions aboutContinue reading »

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Facebook Adds 1,000 Human Ad Reviewers In Bid To Curb Shadow Propaganda

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Facebook said Monday it will add 1,000 employees to its global ads review teams over the next year to put the kibosh on foreign state-sponsored ads. The company will examine not just the content of the ad, but also the context in which it was bought and the targeting parameters used. Facebook’s ads review systemContinue reading »

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How Instagram Generates Commercial Value Out Of Creative

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Facebook’s audience data may be gold to digital advertisers, but it’s the Facebook Creative Shop that ensures campaigns are memorable in the news feed and on platforms like Instagram and Messenger. The 200-plus-person in-house agency designs and tests Facebook and Instagram ad units – like the full-screen mobile unit Canvas – before launching it widelyContinue reading »

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Facebook Forces Transparency On Political Ads

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Under mounting pressure over its use by Russian meddlers in the US election, Facebook is imposing new transparency on ad buyers to make it harder to obscure who paid for an ad, and who saw it. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the changes in a Facebook Live video posted Thursday afternoon. “When someone buys political adsContinue reading »

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Facebook Rolls Out Online Retargeting Based On Offline Activity

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Starting Thursday, Facebook will let advertisers retarget based on what people do in the real world. “Reporting on the impact of ads is great, but other companies provide something similar,” said Gabriel Francis, global product marketing lead for the offline sales group at Facebook. “We’re letting people actually do something with those reports.” Google’s offlineContinue reading »

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Facebook Promises Tighter Controls Following Racist Ad Targeting Debacle

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Facebook updated its targeting policies on Wednesday in the wake of the racist and anti-Semitic ad targeting scandal, first reported by ProPublica. COO Sheryl Sandberg clarified Facebook’s position in a post and laid out its three-pronged approach to running a tighter ship. Following the exposé and attendant public backlash, Facebook disabled the self-reported targeting fieldsContinue reading »

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Fake Russian Ads Could Have Very Real Implications For Facebook

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The latest fire at Facebook has been lit by Russia, which allegedly bought ads to destabilize the US, and the fallout might force Facebook to change the way it does business. “If Facebook really wants to respond to the public outcry, it’s going to have to leave money on the table,” said David Carroll, aContinue reading »

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Facebook Disables Employer Targeting, And B2B Marketers Must Adapt

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Facebook’s decision to disable segments around self-reported user information, including employers, won’t significantly change the amount of spend the platform gets from B2B marketers, according to numerous agency sources. Facebook disabled targeting around self-reported segments after ProPublica revealed Thursday that advertisers can target users with anti-Semitic and derogatory terms. The ban includes employer and educationContinue reading »

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Facebook Aims To Calm Anxious Advertisers With Upgraded Brand Safety Controls And More Third-Party Measurement

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In a blog post Wednesday, Facebook’s VP of global marketing solutions, Carolyn Everson, acknowledged that some marketers are “feeling uneasy” about viewability, online ad metrics and brand safety. She outlined updates meant to address that discomfort. First, Facebook intends to give advertisers more control over where their ads are running by tightening guidelines on theContinue reading »

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