Congress Puts The Screws To Facebook, Twitter And Google On Russian Interference

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The tech titans have testified about Russian election meddling. And after two days and multiple hours of questioning by members of Congress aimed at top lawyers from Facebook, Twitter and Google on Tuesday and Wednesday, it’s clear that Russian operatives continue to spread propaganda and sow social discontent using social media platforms and that saidContinue reading »

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Self-Disclosure May Not Be Enough When It Comes to Online Political Ads

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Facebook and Twitter both took steps last week to provide more transparent paid political advertising on their platforms. But although political ads will be clearly labeled and users will be able to access more information on who purchased the ads and how much the buyer is spending on electioneering, it’s primarily up to the advertisersContinue reading »

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Senators Crack Down On Facebook And Other Platforms With A Bill To Regulate Online Political Ads

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If lawmakers have anything to do with it, political ads on Facebook, Google, Twitter and other online platforms may soon be subject to the same disclosure requirements as traditional political advertising. Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to do just that, prompted by revelations of Russian meddling before and during the 2016 US presidentialContinue reading »

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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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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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