CNET: Warren runs a false Facebook ad to protest false Facebook ads. “Elizabeth Warren has taken an attention-getting approach to attacking Facebook’s recent announcement that it won’t fact-check politicians’ posts. She’s running an ad on the social network that deliberately contains a falsehood.”
Reuters: Biden campaign asks Facebook, Twitter and Google to take down Trump ad. “U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign sent letters over the last week to Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google, asking them to take down a social media ad from President Donald Trump which the Biden campaign said contained false claims.”
New York Times: Could Facebook Actually Nuke Elizabeth Warren’s Campaign?. “Yes, Facebook’s willingness to let politicians lie sets a worrying precedent. And yes, lack of oversight into the platform’s decisions opens up a host of plausible election interference conspiracies. But Facebook’s essential threat to democracy isn’t that Mr. Zuckerberg will intervene on behalf of his preferred candidate — it’s more fundamental than that. Mark Zuckerberg need not intervene, because Facebook, the platform, will do so instinctively.”
The Guardian: Fossil fuel firms’ social media fightback against climate action. “A new study of Facebook’s advertising disclosure platform by InfluenceMap suggests oil companies and their trade groups have spent $17m directly on political social media advertisements since May 2018. ExxonMobil spent $9.6m – by far the biggest sum – ConocoPhillips $910,000 and BP $790,000.”
New York Times: Facebook’s Hands-Off Approach to Political Speech Gets Impeachment Test. “Facebook has been dogged by accusations of censorship by conservative politicians, including President Trump, who argue that the Silicon Valley company gives greater attention to liberal points of views on the social network. But by removing itself as the moderator of political content — including in paid ads on the site — Facebook has left itself open another avenue of criticism.”
Advertising Age: Facebook agrees to pay advertisers $40 million over inflated video stats. “Facebook has agreed to pay advertisers $40 million for the inflated video metrics it incorrectly provided, a case that spurred marketers to question the reliability of measurement reports from the social network and led them to demand more safeguards from all digital platforms.” For you and me, a breathtaking amount of money. For Facebook, chump change.
The Stranger: Facebook Charged with Multiple Violations of Campaign Finance Law in Washington State. “Election regulators in Washington state filed administrative charges against Facebook on Friday, saying the tech giant has ‘repeatedly violated’ a Washington state campaign finance law that requires transparency in local election ads.”