Politico: Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup

Politico: Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup. “Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. But the social network later reversed course after POLITICO reported on the takedown, with the company saying it wanted to allow for ‘robust debate.'”

Reuters: Google plans to ban political ads before Canada election

Reuters: Google plans to ban political ads before Canada election. “Alphabet Inc’s Google will ban political advertising on its platform before the Canadian federal election, after the country introduced stringent transparency rules. The Bill C-76, which was passed in December, requires online platforms to keep a registry of all political and partisan advertisements they directly or indirectly publish.”

Neowin: Twitter expands political ad transparency tools to EU, India, and Australia

Neowin: Twitter expands political ad transparency tools to EU, India, and Australia . “Twitter has announced that it’s bringing political ad rules to European Union member states, India, and Australia, following a rollout last year in the United States. The transparency effort consists of the Political Campaigning Policy, which defines political content, and the Ads Transparency Center (ATC), where users can dig into information about political advertisers.”

Pre-verification process for political ads being put in place: FB, Google tell HC (Business Standard)

Business Standard: Pre-verification process for political ads being put in place: FB, Google tell HC. “Facebook, Google and YouTube told the Bombay High Court Monday that they are putting in place strict ‘pre-verification processes’ for online political advertisements on their platforms in India ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.”

Open Letter: Facebook, Do Your Part Against Disinformation (Mozilla Blog)

Mozilla Blog: Open Letter: Facebook, Do Your Part Against Disinformation. “Mozilla, Access Now, Reporters Without Borders, and 30 other organizations have published an open letter to Facebook. Our ask: make good on your promises to provide more transparency around political advertising ahead of the 2019 EU Parliamentary Elections.”

The Guardian: Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency

The Guardian: Facebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency. “Facebook has restricted the ability of external political transparency campaigners to monitor adverts placed on the social network, in a move described as an ‘appalling look’ by one of the organisations affected.”

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.”