• Facebook Aug 5

    Facebook Shuts Out NYU Academics' Research on Political Ads

    Facebook has shut down the personal accounts of a pair of New York University researchers and shuttered their investigation into misinformation spread through political ads on the social network.

  • Facebook Sep 3, 2020

    Facebook Curbs Political Ads – for 7 Days Before US Election

    With just two months until the U_S_ election, Facebook says it is taking additional steps to encourage voting, minimize misinformation and reduce the likelihood of post-election “civil unrest.”

  • Facebook Jan 9, 2020

    Facebook Again Refuses to Ban Political Ads, Even False Ones

    Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people. Instead, Facebook will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of such ads easier to use.

  • Facebook Nov 15, 2019

    Twitter Details Political Ads Ban, Issue Ads Allowed

    Twitter says its new ban on political ads will cover appeals for votes, solicitations for campaign contributions and any political content. Twitter is defining political content to include any ad that references a candidate, political party, government official, ballot measure, or legislative or judicial outcome. The ban also applies to all ads — even non-political ones — from candidates, political...

  • Donald Trump Oct 14, 2019

    Elizabeth Warren Ramps Up Battle With Facebook

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., ramped up her criticism of Facebook this weekend, taking aim at the company’s policy on political advertising and for having “contributed” to media job losses, NBC News reports. One of the leading 2020 Democratic candidates, Warren’s weekend of prodding Facebook comes amid continued scrutiny of the tech giant, which she has called to be broken up....

  • Facebook Mar 31, 2019

    Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Calls for More Outside Regulation

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Saturday for more outside regulation in several areas in which the social media site has run into problems over the past few years: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Zuckerberg said governments and regulators rather than private companies like Facebook should be more active in...

  • Donald Trump Oct 27, 2017

    Facebook Announces New Ad Transparency Before Russia Hearing

    Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site. Executives for the social media company said Friday they will verify political ad buyers in federal elections, requiring them to reveal correct names and locations, and to create new graphics where users can...

  • United States Oct 24, 2017

    Twitter to Start Labeling Political Ads, Including Who Bought Them and What They Paid

    As political pressure mounts on social media companies to say where ads are coming from, Twitter will reveal more information about political advertising on its platform....
    Twitter said in a blog post on Tuesday it would clearly label political electioneering ads, which the Federal Election Commission (FEC) defines as any ad used to promote a specific candidate for elected office or...

  • Donald Trump Sep 28, 2017

    Zuckerberg Fires Back After Trump Called Facebook ‘Anti-Trump'

    Facebook’s co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to President Donald Trump Wednesday after Trump called the social media website “anti-Trump.” “Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like. That’s what running a platform for all ideas looks like,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook...

  • Congress Sep 22, 2017

    Senate Bill Would Make Online Political Ads More Transparent

    Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications. The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would try to fill what they call a “major gap” in election advertising transparency. In a...

  • Congress Sep 22, 2017

    Facebook to Release Russia Ads, Beef Up Election ‘Integrity'

    Facebook is slowly acknowledging the outsized — if unintended — role it played in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
    Bowing to pressure from lawmakers and the public, the company said it will provide the contents of 3,000 ads bought by a Russian agency to congressional investigators, while also pledging to make political advertising on its platform more “transparent.”

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