Neowin: Facebook to bolster Indian political ads transparency

Neowin: Facebook to bolster Indian political ads transparency. “Facebook has announced that it is taking steps to bring transparency to political ads running in India. The move follows similar rollouts to the U.S., Brazil, and the UK. The move is in anticipation of India’s general election next year and Facebook doesn’t want its platform to be misused by malicious entities to spread false information during the process.”

Washington Post: Facebook discussed using people’s data as a bargaining chip, emails and court filings suggest

Washington Post: Facebook discussed using people’s data as a bargaining chip, emails and court filings suggest . “Facebook executives in recent years appeared to discuss giving access to their valuable user data to some companies that bought advertising when it was struggling to launch its mobile-ad business, according to internal emails quoted in newly unredacted court filings. In an ongoing federal court case against Facebook, the plaintiffs claim that the social media giant doled out people’s data secretly and selectively in exchange for advertising purchases or other concessions, even as others were cut off, ruining their businesses. The case was brought by one such company, Six4Three, which claims its business was destroyed in 2015 by Facebook’s actions.”

Journal of Strategic Security: Engaging English Speaking Facebook Users in an Anti-ISIS Awareness Campaign

Journal Of Strategic Security: Engaging English Speaking Facebook Users in an Anti-ISIS Awareness Campaign. “This article reports on The International Center for Study of Violent Extremism (ICSVE’s) small-scale Facebook ad awareness campaigns ran between December 7, 2017 and December 31, 2017 in the United States, UK, Canada, and Australia. Two ICSVE-produced videos were used, namely The Promises of ad-Dawlah to Women, featuring the testimony of a Belgian female ISIS defector, and Today is the Female Slave Market in ad-Dawlah, featuring a Syrian male ISIS defector who witnessed the sexual enslavement of women by ISIS. The purpose of the campaign was to reach as many English-speaking individuals in U.S., UK, Canada, and Australia to drive engagement with the ICSVE-produced videos as well raise awareness about the dangers of joining or considering joining a violent extremist group like ISIS. “

BuzzFeed News: Eight People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever Ad Fraud Investigation

BuzzFeed News: Eight People Are Facing Charges As A Result Of The FBI’s Biggest-Ever Ad Fraud Investigation. “In August 2017, the FBI organized a secret meeting of digital advertising and cybersecurity experts in a secure room in a Manhattan federal building. The roughly 30 people in attendance met to create a coordinated response to a massive ad fraud scheme that posed a risk to the global digital advertising industry and sparked a criminal investigation.”

Search Engine Journal: Google to Serve Ads Across Disney Properties Through New Partnership

Search Engine Journal: Google to Serve Ads Across Disney Properties Through New Partnership. “Google has formed a new global strategic partnership with The Walt Disney Company, which will allow Google to serve ads across Disney properties. Disney will bring its entire global video and display business onto the Google Ad Manager.”

TechCrunch: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook

TechCrunch: LinkedIn violated data protection by using 18M email addresses of non-members to buy targeted ads on Facebook. “LinkedIn, the social network for the working world with close to 600 million users, has been called out a number of times for how it is able to suggest uncanny connections to you, when it’s not even clear how or why LinkedIn would know enough to make those suggestions in the first place. Now, a run-in with a regulator in Europe illuminates how some of LinkedIn’s practices leading up to GDPR implementation in Europe were not only uncanny, but actually violated data protection rules, in LinkedIn’s case concerning some 18 million email addresses.”

TechCrunch: As Taiwan prepares to vote on LGBTQ issues, a homophobic group is running ads before kids videos on YouTube

TechCrunch: As Taiwan prepares to vote on LGBTQ issues, a homophobic group is running ads before kids videos on YouTube . “This Saturday, several issues related to LGBTQ equality, including marriage, are up for referendum in Taiwan’s mid-term elections. A little more than a year after the country’s top court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, the LGBTQ community is once again fighting for their rights due to efforts by anti-gay groups. The battle has reached social media platforms including YouTube, where a group called 3 Yes is running an ad, often appearing before popular children’s videos, that claims teaching about LGBTQ issues in schools will confuse young children about their gender identity.”