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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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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Advertisers Distrust Data. Will Labeling Solve The Problem?

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Most marketers don’t trust the data they’re using and they have no simple way to assess its quality. Of the 80% of advertisers that use audience insights, only 33% say they “completely trust them,” according to a study released Wednesday by research firm Advertiser Perceptions, which surveyed roughly 200 advertisers. Just one-third of advertisers fullyContinue reading »

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Exchanges Downplay Methbot’s Impact, But The Fallout Will Extend Into 2017

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On Tuesday, White Ops exposed a sophisticated browser-based botnet called Methbot that was reportedly stealing somewhere between $3 million and $5 million of US-based video ad spend a day. The story developed quickly after that. Some large, well-known exchanges have come out to say they’ve had little or no exposure to Methbot. And a fewContinue reading »

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