ProPublica: Facebook’s Screening for Political Ads Nabs News Sites Instead of Politicians

ProPublica: Facebook’s Screening for Political Ads Nabs News Sites Instead of Politicians. “One ad couldn’t have been more obviously political. Targeted to people aged 18 and older, it urged them to ‘vote YES’ on June 5 on a ballot proposition to issue bonds for schools in a district near San Francisco. Yet it showed up in users’ news feeds without the ‘paid for by’ disclaimer required for political ads under Facebook’s new policy designed to prevent a repeat of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Nor does it appear, as it should, in Facebook’s new archive of political ads.”

BuzzFeed: Facebook Just Launched An Excruciatingly Difficult Tool To Rate Advertisers

BuzzFeed: Facebook Just Launched An Excruciatingly Difficult Tool To Rate Advertisers. “Facebook rolled out a new tool Tuesday that allows you to leave feedback about vendors and your shopping experiences after clicking on a business ad. There’s a teeny problem though: The tool is buried within a series of Facebook menus.”

Digital Content Next: Facebook’s political ad disclosures are a train wreck in progress

Digital Content Next: Facebook’s political ad disclosures are a train wreck in progress. “So far… the disclosure rules at Facebook are not just a work in progress, but more of a train wreck in progress, as flaws with Facebook’s new rules are already emerging. The social giant was supposed to archive all political ads publicly but missed some, and critics have complained that they aren’t giving enough information about how the ads are targeted. And some many publishers are getting caught up in the rules and can’t boost their own political stories on Facebook without jumping through hoops. An effort by the News Media Alliance to get publishers whitelisted has started, but so far Facebook doesn’t have plans to do that. It’s clear that more overarching, consistent rules across social media and the web — not just from Facebook and other tech giants — are needed to monitor political ads on the internet.”

Forbes: Google Pulls Washington Election Ads, Says It can’t Comply With New Rules

Forbes: Google Pulls Washington Election Ads, Says It can’t Comply With New Rules. “Google has pulled all state and local election ads in Washington state, saying its systems can’t cope with new disclosure rules. The state Public Disclosure Commission recently approved new transparency rules which come into effect today. It requires platforms like Google to release details of political ads including the geographical locations and types of audience being targeted, as well as the number of views the ads receive.”

New York Times: Facebook Tried to Rein In Fake Ads. It Fell Short in a California Race.

New York Times: Facebook Tried to Rein In Fake Ads. It Fell Short in a California Race.. “Regina Bateson had just finished an Easter egg hunt with her children on April 1 when her phone started buzzing. Take a look at Facebook, messages from her friends and colleagues urged. Ms. Bateson, a Democrat running for Congress in the California primary on Tuesday, quickly opened up the social network. There, she saw what appeared to be a news article that painted her as underhandedly trying to torpedo the campaign of a rival Democratic candidate. When Ms. Bateson clicked through the article, she was directed to a Facebook page run by Sierra Nevada Revolution, a local progressive group she had clashed with in the past.”

WRAL: Bipartisan bill would require ‘paid for’ labels on social media political ads

WRAL: Bipartisan bill would require ‘paid for’ labels on social media political ads. “Legislation filed this week would require political ads on social media and anywhere else online in North Carolina to carry the same ‘paid for by’ labels already required on print ads, mailers and television commercials.”

Search Engine Journal: Facebook Introduces Ads in Stories After Reaching 150M Daily Viewers

Search Engine Journal: Facebook Introduces Ads in Stories After Reaching 150M Daily Viewers. “Facebook has finally started including ads in Stories, which some might say was only a matter of time. After being relatively quiet on the success of Facebook Stories since launching the feature 14 months ago, the company has revealed Stories now receive a total of 150 million daily viewers.”