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.”

CNET: Senators demand Zuckerberg fix Facebook’s ad transparency tool

CNET: Senators demand Zuckerberg fix Facebook’s ad transparency tool. “In May, Facebook implemented new rules for political ads, requiring buyers to verify their identification and addresses, and that the ads would have to show who paid for them. The changes echoed what Democratic Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota had pushed for in the Honest Ads Act. But the senators are circling back on the issue following stories from multiple news outlets that reportedly show how easily the new tool could be abused.”

Vice: Facebook’s political ad tool let us buy ads “paid for” by Mike Pence and ISIS

Vice: Facebook’s political ad tool let us buy ads “paid for” by Mike Pence and ISIS. “Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said making political advertising more transparent was one of the most important things the company would do after it was revealed Russians used the platform to attempt to manipulate the 2016 presidential election. But according to a small test run by VICE News, one of the new features Facebook rolled out this year is easily subject to manipulation.”

EurekAlert: Targeted Facebook ads shown to be highly effective in the 2016 US Presidential election

EurekAlert: Targeted Facebook ads shown to be highly effective in the 2016 US Presidential election . “Donald Trump’s campaign is said to have spent 44 million dollars on Facebook, running 175,000 variations of political adverts during the election campaign, compared to a spend of 28 million dollars by Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Was this money well-spent?”