IQ: Global Google Crackdown On Ticket Resellers

IQ: Global Google Crackdown On Ticket Resellers. “Secondary ticketing websites will from January 2018 be subject to stringent restrictions on their use of Google AdWords, as the search engine giant cracks down on ticket resellers’ controversial gaming of its online advertising platform.”

Quartz: Facebook’s latest “effort” to warn people about Russian propaganda is wildly inadequate

Quartz: Facebook’s latest “effort” to warn people about Russian propaganda is wildly inadequate. “Oh, but where’s the fun in a straightforward advisory that you may have been duped by Russian propaganda? Facebook would rather this be a bit of a challenge! Asked whether the company plans to notify users who have liked or followed Russian content, a Facebook spokesman clarified in an email that ‘they will have to go to the Help Center portal to see the information,’ adding that the company will ‘take significant steps to make users aware of this new tool.’ The tool will also not tell Facebook users if they were exposed to content from the Internet Research Agency that they didn’t personally like or follow. In other words, if a friend shared pages from Russian trolls, or they were promoted into your newsfeed, you may never know. “

ProPublica: Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race

ProPublica: Facebook (Still) Letting Housing Advertisers Exclude Users by Race. “Last week, ProPublica bought dozens of rental housing ads on Facebook, but asked that they not be shown to certain categories of users, such as African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers. All of these groups are protected under the federal Fair Housing Act, which makes it illegal to publish any advertisement ‘with respect to the sale or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.’ Violators can face tens of thousands of dollars in fines. Every single ad was approved within minutes.”

Ubergizmo: Honda To Use Targeted Facebook Videos To Encourage Repairs

Ubergizmo: Honda To Use Targeted Facebook Videos To Encourage Repairs. “As you might have heard, a couple of years ago there was an issue with the Takata airbags installed in certain brands of cars, such as Toyota, Honda, and Nissan, in which they were forced to recall vehicles that have been outfitted with the airbags. Now clearly with such a dangerous defect, customers should send their vehicles in to get it looked at right away, right? Perhaps some customers have been too busy, or maybe some believe that it will never happen to them, but regardless what the reason is, there’s a good chance that there are still quite a few vehicles out there that have yet to be recalled/fixed, but Honda has a solution: the company has recently announced that they plan to use Facebook’s targeted videos to try and seek out Honda owners to encourage them to take their vehicles in for a repair.”

EurekAlert: Can social media users prevent use of online information to characterize and target them?

Eurekalert: Can social media users prevent use of online information to characterize and target them?. “A new study examines how organizations use information people disclose on social network sites (SNS) to predict their personal characteristics and whether SNS users can successfully block certain information (and how much) to better protect their privacy. A novel analytical tool called a ‘cloaking device’ to prevent the use of specific information and how effective it may be are discussed in an article in Big Data, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Big Data website.”

Peoria Public Radio: Federal Agency Drafts New Rules For Transparency In Political Social Media Ads

Peoria Public Radio: Federal Agency Drafts New Rules For Transparency In Political Social Media Ads. “The Federal Election Commission is moving to improve disclosure of the money behind Internet and digital ads, as the shadow of Russian-funded social media ads in last year’s presidential race hangs over the agency. ‘We can’t, obviously, take over the role of the Justice Department or of Congress,’ Democratic Commissioner Ellen Weintraub told other commissioners Thursday, ‘but I do think that we could do this little piece.'”