• Facebook will now show who exactly is paying to swing people's votes through online political advertising

    1 month ago - By Chron

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    Facebook will show its UK users who is paying to target them with online political ads from Tuesday.
    The company will both label ads as they appear in its News Feed, and archive all political ads in a searchable library which will retain ads for seven years. The changes also apply to Instagram.
    The new tools are a direct response to global criticism of Facebook's role in the US presidential election, the UK Brexit referendum, and other elections.
    The increased transparency may give political parties and groups pause before they launch divisive ads only intended to...
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  • Facebook Removes More Myanmar Military-Controlled Pages That Incited Violence, Following NYT Report

    1 month ago - By Fortune

    Facebook responded to a New York Times investigation on Oct. 15 into ethnic violence incited by members of the Myanmar military by banning 13 additional pages with a combined 1.35 million followers. The pages represented themselves as offering beauty, entertainment, and general information, but the Times report said the military controlled the pages, rather than fans of pop stars and national heroes, as the pages alleged.
    Facebook announced the move in an update to a blog post about its previous actions to combat the spread of false information via its service in Myanmar that have led to...
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  • Ahead of midterm elections, Facebook expands ban on posts aimed at voter suppression

    1 month ago - By Tech Crunch

    Facebook is expanding its ban on false and misleading posts that aim to deter citizens from voting in the upcoming midterm elections.
    The social media giant is adding two more categories of false information to its existing policy, which it introduced in 2016, in an effort to counter new types of abuse.
    Facebook already removes verifiably false posts about the dates, times and locations of polling stations - but will now exclude false posts that wrongly describe methods of voting - such as by phone or text message - as well as posts that aim to exclude portions of the population, such as...
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  • Facebook to remove more voting misinformation, considered ban on political advertising

    Facebook to remove more voting misinformation, considered ban on political advertising

    1 month ago - By Venture Beat

    The world's largest online social network, with 1.5 billion daily users, has stopped short of banning all false or misleading posts, something that Facebook has shied away from as it would likely increase its expenses and leave it open to charges of censorship. The latest move addresses a sensitive area for the company, which has...
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