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.”

Bloomberg Quint: Ahead of EU Vote, Google Unveils New Policy for Election Ads

Bloomberg Quint: Ahead of EU Vote, Google Unveils New Policy for Election Ads. “Google said it will roll out new policies in Europe to provide more transparency around political ads, ahead of European Union elections in the spring. The announcement Thursday by the Alphabet Inc. division follows a year of intense global scrutiny over how popular internet services were used to spread misinformation during elections. A lack of disclosure about who pays for political ads has been a particular sore point.”

Wired: Obscure Concealed-Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads

Wired: Obscure Concealed-Carry Group Spent Millions on Facebook Political Ads . “Among the biggest spenders on Facebook political ads during the recent midterm campaigns are some names you’d probably expect. There’s Beto O’Rourke, who lost to Ted Cruz in the Texas Senate race. There’s President Donald Trump—both his campaign and his super PAC. There are billionaires like J.B. Pritzker, incoming governor of Illinois, and Tom Steyer, the environmentalist leading the campaign to impeach Trump. And of course, there’s a multibillion-dollar oil giant, ExxonMobil. But tucked into that list, rounding out the top 10, is a name few have heard of: Concealed Online.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s election interference problem exponentially worse on eve of midterms, study suggests

TechCrunch: Facebook’s election interference problem exponentially worse on eve of midterms, study suggests . “An analysis of political advertisers running extensive campaigns on Facebook targeting users in the United States over the past six months has flagged a raft of fresh concerns about its efforts to tackle election interference — suggesting the social network’s self regulation is offering little more than a sham veneer of accountability. Dig down and all sorts of problems and concerns become apparent, according to new research conducted by Jonathan Albright, of the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.”

ProPublica: How Big Oil Dodges Facebook’s New Ad Transparency Rules

ProPublica: How Big Oil Dodges Facebook’s New Ad Transparency Rules. “A Facebook ad in October urged political conservatives to support the Trump administration’s rollback of fuel emission standards, which it hailed as ‘our president’s car freedom agenda” and ‘plan for safer, cheaper cars that WE get to choose.’ The ad came from a Facebook page called Energy4US, and it included a disclaimer, required by Facebook, saying it was ‘paid for by Energy4US.’ Yet there is no such company or organization as Energy4US, nor is it any entity’s registered trade name, according to a search of LexisNexis and other databases. “

CNET: Facebook keeps fumbling political ads

CNET: Facebook keeps fumbling political ads. “Dana Hopkins felt like she was in an ‘endless loop’ with Facebook. The frustration began in September when she purchased an ad on the social network to promote an open mic night she was co-hosting in San Francisco. What happened next was a head-scratcher. Facebook blocked the ad at least six times because the social network said it was political.”

The Intercept: Facebook Allowed Advertisers To Target Users Interested In “White Genocide” — Even In Wake Of Pittsburgh Massacre

The Intercept: Facebook Allowed Advertisers To Target Users Interested In “White Genocide” — Even In Wake Of Pittsburgh Massacre. “APPARENTLY FUELED BY anti-Semitism and the bogus narrative that outside forces are scheming to exterminate the white race, Robert Bowers murdered 11 Jewish congregants as they gathered inside their Pittsburgh synagogue, federal prosecutors allege. But despite long-running international efforts to debunk the idea of a ‘white genocide,’ Facebook was still selling advertisers the ability to market to those with an interest in that myth just days after the bloodshed.”