TechCrunch: Senate Intelligence Committee wants Facebook to appear in a public Russia hearing

TechCrunch: Senate Intelligence Committee wants Facebook to appear in a public Russia hearing . “According to its chairman, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence intends to call Facebook to a public hearing on Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. North Carolina Senator Richard Burr made remarks to reporters on Tuesday confirming the committee’s interest in speaking with Facebook, the Hill reports. ‘We’re in agreement on a Facebook public hearing,’ Burr said. ‘It’s just a question of when and potentially the scope.'”

Wired: To Fix Its Toxic Ad Problem, Facebook Must Break Itself

Wired: To Fix Its Toxic Ad Problem, Facebook Must Break Itself . “Two incidents in recent weeks have highlighted how Facebook’s advertising network—the cornerstone of its half-trillion-dollar valuation—is as susceptible to manipulation and bigotry as its news feed. Facebook addresses each problem as it arises, in isolation. But maybe it’s time for Facebook to acknowledge that it can’t solve these problems alone and to ask for help—before governments offer their own ‘help.'”

Der Spiegel: AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign

Der Spiegel: AfD Accuses Google of Sabotaging Campaign. “DER SPIEGEL has learned that Google has refused for more than a week to place certain ads for a controversial anti-Merkel website created by the Alternative for Germany. The right-wing populist party says it will respond by spending its budget for the project on Facebook instead.”

Daily Beast: Twitter Says It Fixed ‘Bug’ That Let Marketers Target People Who Use the N-Word

Daily Beast: Twitter Says It Fixed ‘Bug’ That Let Marketers Target People Who Use the N-Word. “Twitter said it fixed its advertising platform that allowed prospective marketers to target millions of users interested in derogatory words such as ‘n**ger’ and ‘wetback.’ The Daily Beast reported Friday that Twitter Ads returned 26.3 million users who may respond to the term ‘wetback,’ 18.6 million to ‘Nazi,’ and 14.5 million to ‘n**ger.'”

Reuters: Google disables offensive ad keywords found by BuzzFeed

Reuters: Google disables offensive ad keywords found by BuzzFeed. “Alphabet Inc’s Google said it had disabled a ‘majority’ of the offensive keywords that BuzzFeed found could be used by advertisers to target people searching for racist and anti-Semitic topics.”

CNET: Facebook gives investigators new details on Russian ads

CNET: Facebook gives investigators new details on Russian ads. “Facebook has sent government investigators new records about Russian-linked ads placed on its service during the 2016, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.”

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Bars Advertisers from Altering News Headlines

Wall Street Journal: Facebook Bars Advertisers from Altering News Headlines. “Facebook on Thursday said it will stop allowing advertisers who promote news articles on the site to modify the headlines and descriptions that appear with them, a practice that some publishers say misrepresents their work. The social network’s change came after The Wall Street Journal contacted the company, pointing to examples of such ads.”