EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages? (AP)

AP: EXPLAINER: Why is Facebook banning Myanmar military pages?. “Facebook announced Thursday that it is removing all remaining Myanmar military and military-controlled pages from its site and from Instagram, which it also owns. It said it will also block advertising from military-linked businesses. The decision follows a Feb. 1 coup in which the military removed elected leaders from power and jailed others.”

The Verge: Twitch, owned by Amazon, pulls Amazon’s anti-union ads

The Verge: Twitch, owned by Amazon, pulls Amazon’s anti-union ads. “Twitch is removing the anti-union ads that its parent company, Amazon, was running on the platform. The ads showed Amazon employees talking about why they want to vote no on unionization and directed viewers to Amazon’s ‘DoItWithoutDues’ website. A Twitch spokesperson said the ads ‘should never have been allowed to run on [the] service,’ as they violate its political advertising policies.”

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law

Washington State Attorney General: AG Ferguson Files Lawsuit Against Google For Repeatedly Violating Washington Campaign Finance Law. “Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a campaign finance lawsuit [Wednesday] against Google for unlawfully failing to maintain key information regarding state political ads that it sold, and failing to provide that information to individuals who requested it.”

Times of India: Indian Newspaper Society asks Google to raise publisher share in ad revenue to 85%

Times of India: Indian Newspaper Society asks Google to raise publisher share in ad revenue to 85%. “INS has asked Google to compensate the Indian newspapers ‘comprehensively’ for using contents published by them and to share its advertising revenues properly. ‘The Society insisted that Google should increase the publisher share of advertising revenue to 85 per cent, and also ensure more transparency in the revenue reports provided to publishers by Google,’ said INS in a statement.”

Lifehacker: Confuse Google Ads With This Chrome Extension

Lifehacker: Confuse Google Ads With This Chrome Extension. “You can try to combat data-collection in all kinds of fun ways, including manually blocking or clearing the data companies have on you and preventing yourself from being tracked as much as possible with various adblockers, anti-tracking extensions, and privacy-themed browsers, but considering the number of systems out there tracking you, those methods can only be so effective. AdNauseum works on a different principle.”

The Verge: Facebook employee warned it used ‘deeply wrong’ ad metrics to boost revenue

The Verge: Facebook employee warned it used ‘deeply wrong’ ad metrics to boost revenue. “Some Facebook employees believed they were promoting ‘deeply wrong’ data about how many users advertisers could reach, and one warned that the company had counted on ‘revenue we should have never made’ based on its inflated numbers, according to recently unsealed internal emails.”

Popular Mechanics: You’re Constantly Being Stalked Online—and You Don’t Even Know It

Popular Mechanics: You’re Constantly Being Stalked Online—and You Don’t Even Know It. “By now, it’s normal to look up a new gaming laptop one time on Amazon, only to see it follow you over to an ad in your mobile game, an ad on your Instagram feed, and yet another ad on your Gmail app…. But it doesn’t have to be this way. With stricter data privacy laws in the European Union thanks to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and backlash against predatory data collection practices in the U.S, some companies are beginning to introduce new features that give back some control to consumers.”

National Library of Australia: A Century of Australian Advertising Posters

National Library of Australia: A Century of Australian Advertising Posters. “What can we learn from the sentiment and imagery used to sell Australians of the past food, excitement and adventure? How are they reflected in the advertising images we still see today? The National Library of Australia holds a vast number of late-19th and 20th-century Australian advertising posters that are now available to explore online. The collection features many famous brands and illustrators of the time, including Bushells, Ever Ready, James Northfield, Gert Sellheim and Norman Lindsay.”

CNET: Facebook is working on how to keep ads away from crime and tragedy news topics

CNET: Facebook is working on how to keep ads away from crime and tragedy news topics. “Facebook has announced it’s working on “topic exclusion controls” with a group of advertisers to ensure ads don’t appear on the News Feed next to certain topics. Facebook said Friday that while developing these tools, it will also build in ‘safeguards to protect people’s privacy.’”

The Register: In a trial run, Google Chrome to corral netizens into groups for tailored web ads rather than target individuals

The Register: In a trial run, Google Chrome to corral netizens into groups for tailored web ads rather than target individuals . “Google’s cookie banishment plan followed shortly after its Privacy Sandbox announcement, a set of proposals since augmented with suggestions from other ad tech firms – there have been about 30 of them to date – that redefine how online ads get auctioned and how behavioral ad targeting can work without the privacy risks.”

The ‘rug has been pulled out’: Campaigns flop amid Facebook, Google ad bans (Politico)

Politico: The ‘rug has been pulled out’: Campaigns flop amid Facebook, Google ad bans. “Facebook and Google’s on-again, off-again bans on political ads are hitting campaigns during a crucial fundraising window, cutting off a key pipeline to potential supporters and disrupting early planning for the next round of elections, from state and local races this year to looming midterm elections in 2022.”