NiemanLab: Americans don’t think misleading political ads should be on social media. (They also don’t trust platforms to remove them.)

NiemanLab: Americans don’t think misleading political ads should be on social media. (They also don’t trust platforms to remove them.). “People worldwide think Facebook should block political ads. The Reuters Institute for Journalism’s annual Digital News Report came out this week; we covered it broadly here, but I waited for this column to delve into the fake news stuff. Here are a few findings.”

CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will allow users to turn off political ads

CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will allow users to turn off political ads. “Users will be able to turn off political, electoral and social issue ads from political candidates, Super PACs and ‘other organizations that have the “Paid for by” political disclaimer on them,’ the company told CNBC. The company will start rolling this feature out to some users on Wednesday, and it will become available to all U.S. users over the next few weeks, Facebook said.”

The Spinoff: Facebook to ban foreign political ads in run-up to New Zealand election

The Spinoff: Facebook to ban foreign political ads in run-up to New Zealand election. “As of next month only New Zealanders who have provided Facebook with a form of government-issued identification will be able to post ads that make references to political figures, parties, social issues or the country’s election.”

Reuters: Washington AG sues Facebook over political ads

Reuters: Washington AG sues Facebook over political ads. “Washington state’s attorney general filed a second lawsuit against Facebook Inc FB.O over political ads on Tuesday, saying the social media giant once again failed to make disclosures required under the state’s campaign finance laws. Facebook already paid $238,000 in 2018 to resolve a previous dispute over political advertising in Washington state.”

CNET: Reddit is publicly tracking all political ads on its site ahead of 2020 election

CNET: Reddit is publicly tracking all political ads on its site ahead of 2020 election. “Reddit is updating its political ad policies in an attempt to increase transparency ahead of the 2020 election. All political ad campaigns running on Reddit will now be publicly tracked in a subreddit, r/RedditPoliticalAds, and include information like spending and impressions, the company said Monday.”

Politico: Stealth political ads flourish on Facebook

Politico: Stealth political ads flourish on Facebook. “More than half of Facebook pages that displayed U.S. political ads during a recent 13-month period concealed the identities of their backers, according to research reviewed by POLITICO — a tide of deceptive messaging that raises new questions about the social network’s promises of transparency.”

CNET: Facebook’s transparency efforts around political ads fall short, study finds

CNET: Facebook’s transparency efforts around political ads fall short, study finds. “Facebook has tried to make it clearer who’s paying for political ads but a new study from New York University researchers casts more doubt about how well these transparency efforts are working.”

CNN: Facebook is removing Trump campaign ads

CNN: Facebook is removing Trump campaign ads. “Facebook (FB) said Thursday it will remove some ads run by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that it says ran afoul of its policies to ‘prevent confusion around the official US census.’ Facebook had come under fire for allowing the Trump campaign to run ads this week on its platform asking people to ‘respond now’ to an ‘Official Congressional District Census.'”

Popular Information: Facebook allows Trump campaign to run deceptive Census ads

Popular Information: Facebook allows Trump campaign to run deceptive Census ads. “The Trump campaign is currently running more than 1,000 ads urging users to ‘take the Official 2020 Congressional District Census today.’ The ads also include an image of the ‘2020 Census.’ Users that click on the ad are directed to a campaign website labeled as the ‘Certified Website of President Donald J. Trump.’ The upper right of the landing page says, ‘For Official Use Only.’ There is a clear and deliberate attempt to make this look like a government document.”

Bloomberg: Google Pulls Down Political Ads as Candidates Keep Pushing Limits

Bloomberg: Google Pulls Down Political Ads as Candidates Keep Pushing Limits. “Google has rejected dozens of ads from Donald Trump’s presidential campaign for violating its ad policies in the week leading up to Super Tuesday, as well as a Bernie Sanders ad and two from a political action committee supporting Joe Biden, according to data released by the company Tuesday.”

Politico: Federal court rejects Gabbard’s bias suit against Google

Politico: Federal court rejects Gabbard’s bias suit against Google. “A federal judge has rejected a lawsuit in which Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard accused Google of temporarily suspending her presidential campaign ads due to political bias — noting that the online search giant is not a government entity bound by the First Amendment.”

New York Times: It’s Facebook vs. the Bloomberg Campaign vs. the Internet

New York Times: It’s Facebook vs. the Bloomberg Campaign vs. the Internet. “When sponsored content for political candidates appears on private accounts [on Instagram], it allows those running the ads to escape the direct scrutiny that comes with a public-facing account. It also keeps non-followers in the dark about ads being run on the page and prevents users from easily searching for specific content.”

ABC News (Australia): $9 million debt to Google highlights lack of transparency around Australian political advertising

ABC News (Australia): $9 million debt to Google highlights lack of transparency around Australian political advertising . “Just after the 2019 election, Australian political parties owed Google more than $9 million. This debt is revealed in financial declarations filed with the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). By June 30, parties were required to record any debts over $13,800 they owed for the last financial year.” $9 million Australian dollars is just under $6 million US at this writing.

TechCrunch: Bloomberg memes push Instagram to require sponsorship disclosure

TechCrunch: Bloomberg memes push Instagram to require sponsorship disclosure. “Instagram is changing its advertising rules to require political campaigns’ sponsored posts from influencers to use its Branded Content Ads tool that puts a disclosure label of ‘Paid Partnership With’ on posts. The change comes after the Bloomberg presidential campaign paid meme makers to post screenshots that showed him asking them to make him look cool.”

Columbia Journalism Review: Who is right about political ads, Twitter or Facebook?

Columbia Journalism Review: Who is right about political ads, Twitter or Facebook? . “As the 2020 federal election draws closer, the issue of online political advertising is becoming more important, and the differences in how the platforms are approaching it are more obvious. Twitter has chosen to ban political advertising, but questions remain about how it plans to define that term, and whether banning ads will do more harm than good. Meanwhile, Facebook has gone in the opposite direction, saying it will not even fact-check political ads. So whose strategy is the best, Twitter’s or Facebook’s?”