CNN: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC

CNN: Facebook bans ads from pro-Trump PAC. “Facebook announced Thursday it was banning ads from The Committee to Defend the President, a pro-Trump super PAC. Facebook did not say how long the ban would last.”

Mashable: Google’s new Chrome extension tells you all about ads on websites you visit

Mashable: Google’s new Chrome extension tells you all about ads on websites you visit. “Ads are an inescapable part of our online lives. Even if you have an extreme case of banner blindness, like me, the ads are still there, tracking you, often in ways you wouldn’t approve if you had a say in it. To help alleviate this, Google has launched a new Chrome extension called Ads Transparency Spotlight. The extension, freely available in the Chrome web store, aims (per Google’s description) to ‘give people more visibility into the data used to personalize ads and more control over that data.'”

Washington Post: Google rejects ad depicting police violence aimed at persuading black voters

Washington Post: Google rejects ad depicting police violence aimed at persuading black voters. “The move by Google, the Web’s largest ad platform, to filter out disturbing content central to a searing national debate over race and policing — a debate increasingly pivotal to the presidential campaign — speaks anew to the dilemmas faced by technology companies in regulating their platforms. Facebook has been pushed back on its heels by an intensifying ad boycott, organized by Color of Change and other civil rights groups that accuse the Silicon Valley giant of failing to erase hate speech and misinformation.”

Facebook ad boycott: Why big brands ‘hit pause on hate’ (CNET)

CNET: Facebook ad boycott: Why big brands ‘hit pause on hate’. “Facebook has long been criticized for not doing enough to combat hate speech. Now the outrage against the world’s largest social network is growing into a movement that threatens its bottom line.”

Reuters: Senate panel to hold hearing into Google’s dominance of online advertising

Reuters: Senate panel to hold hearing into Google’s dominance of online advertising. “The Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel will hold a hearing in September to discuss Google’s dominance in online advertising, Republican Senator Mike Lee said in a release on Monday.”

TechCrunch: Data from Dutch public broadcaster shows the value of ditching creepy ads

TechCrunch: Data from Dutch public broadcaster shows the value of ditching creepy ads. “The data shows the NPO grew ad revenue after ditching trackers to target ads in the first half of this year — and did so despite the coronavirus pandemic landing in March and dealing a heavy blow to digital advertising globally (contributing, for example, to Twitter reporting Q2 ad revenues down nearly a quarter). The context here is that in January the broadcaster switched to serving contextual ads across its various websites, where it has an online video audience of 7.1 million per month, and display reach of 5.8 million per month.”

Report: 70-plus Brands Targeted By Fraudulent Social Media Ads (WWD)

WWD: Report: 70-plus Brands Targeted By Fraudulent Social Media Ads. “According to a joint report released Wednesday by Transnational Alliance to Combat Illicit Trade and the American Apparel & Footwear Association, some 70 major international brands have been targeted by scam ads posted on major social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, or on sites like Google and YouTube. The report noted that, in some cases, the advertisements can grab up to a quarter of a million views before they’re detected.”

Engadget: Disney said to have ‘dramatically’ cut ad spending on Facebook amid boycott

Engadget: Disney said to have ‘dramatically’ cut ad spending on Facebook amid boycott. “Disney might be the largest company yet to join a growing ad boycott against Facebook. Wall Street Journal sources say the media and theme park giant has ‘dramatically’ reduced its ad spending on Facebook. It’s not clear just how deep the cut is or how long it will last, but Disney reportedly made the move quietly rather than making a public announcement. It also froze Hulu advertising on Instagram, according to the sources.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google to ban more ads from sites promoting virus conspiracies

BNN Bloomberg: Google to ban more ads from sites promoting virus conspiracies. “Google said it will block more ads from websites that promote conspiracy theories about COVID-19, starting next month. The world’s largest internet search provider will use human and automated reviews to locate and take action against rule-breaking web publishers and advertisers.”

Alaska Department of Public Safety: Trooper Recruitment Advertisement Censored by Google/YouTube

Alaska Department of Public Safety: Trooper Recruitment Advertisement Censored by Google/YouTube. “This week, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified that Google/YouTube canceled authorization of pay-per-click advertisement of a recently, nationally distributed recruitment video advertisement for the Alaska State Troopers. The action was taken as it was interpreted to be political and potentially an election advertisement because of Governor Mike Dunleavy’s comments supporting law enforcement and encouraging people to apply to the DPS ranks.”

CNN: Facebook considers banning political ads in days before US election

CNN: Facebook considers banning political ads in days before US election. “Facebook is considering banning political advertising on its platform in the days leading up to the US presidential election in November, a person familiar with the discussions told CNN Business. The potential ban has been under consideration since last fall, the person said.” I am 100% opposed to this because I believe Facebook will mess it up and not apply it consistently.

Mashable: Google bans ads for products that people use to stalk partners

Mashable: Google bans ads for products that people use to stalk partners . “In its latest advertising policy update, Google announced that “stalkerware” apps will not be able to advertise through Google anymore starting Aug. 11. In case you aren’t aware, that’s a particularly odious class of software that is largely associated with abusive partners who want to stalk the movements and activities of their significant others.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google, Amazon Funnel Over $20 Million to Virus Conspiracy Sites

BNN Bloomberg: Google, Amazon Funnel Over $20 Million to Virus Conspiracy Sites. “Digital advertising platforms run by Google, Amazon.com Inc. and other tech companies will funnel at least $25 million to websites spreading misinformation about Covid-19 this year, according to a study released Wednesday. Google’s platforms will provide $19 million, or $3 out of every $4 that the misinformation sites get in ad revenue. OpenX, a smaller digital ad distributor, handles about 10% of the money, while Amazon’s technology delivers roughly $1.7 million, or 7%, of the digital marketing spending these sites will receive, according to a research group called the Global Disinformation Index.”

Irish Times: Too easy for fraudsters to post scam ads on Facebook and Google, Which? claims

Irish Times: Too easy for fraudsters to post scam ads on Facebook and Google, Which? claims . “Facebook and Google lack effective controls to prevent fraudsters from posting scam adverts, according to a Which? investigation. It is possible for bogus adverts devised by bad actors to appear within a matter of hours, the consumer group has warned, after carrying out a test of its own. While both tech giants have improved ad transparency and toughened rules in recent years, Which? said it is still possible for false advertising to slip through the net.”

CNET: Zuckerberg reluctant to change Facebook policies over ad boycott, report says

CNET: Zuckerberg reluctant to change Facebook policies over ad boycott, report says. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly reluctant to change the social network’s policies amid a growing ad boycott. During a video town hall meeting last Friday, Zuckerberg told employees that he expects ‘all these advertisers will be back on the platform soon enough,’ according to a transcript obtained by from The Information.”