Washington Post: Critics say Facebook’s powerful ad tools may imperil democracy. But politicians love them.

Washington Post: Critics say Facebook’s powerful ad tools may imperil democracy. But politicians love them.. “As Facebook sought to recover from its disastrous 2016 election season, company officials debated ways to curb distortions and disinformation on the platform. One of the most potentially powerful — limiting advertisers’ ability to target narrow slices of voters with political messages — struggled to find support and was abandoned, say people familiar with those discussions. But today, as disinformation begins to spread ahead of the 2020 presidential vote, Facebook again is discussing ‘microtargeting’ and weighing whether to restrict a set of advertising tools so powerful that, critics say, it may threaten democracy itself.”