Just over a year ago, Facebook announced it would create a database of advertising and make it available for the benefit of researchers, journalists, and the public. After a successful test in Canada, Facebook introduced the archive to the United States earlier this year, and plans to introduce a modified version in the United Kingdom shortly. Of all the steps Facebook has taken in the wake of the 2016 election to improve trust in the platform, the political ads archive has been among the most effective. It allows anyone to see what ads are running, how much money is being spent on them, and who is being targeted by them. It also requires anyone who wants to buy political ads to register with a government ID, using a code mailed to their address. Collectively, the ads tell a story about how people are using Facebook to influence behavior, while taking steps to ensure advertisers are who they say they are. Facebook has said that it plans to improve the archive over time. And in the … [Read more...] about A new kind of dark money on Facebook is influencing elections
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How do you identify a bot when it's signing up for an account on Facebook or Twitter? Can you warn people they're about to interact with it? Why does the burden of reporting online harassment fall on the victims?Are conservative voices targeted more by censors on Facebook and Twitter?These are hairy questions that strike at the center of how social media works and, potentially, how the internet will behave in the future. They're also some of the questions Congress asked Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Wednesday, without clear answers in return. Between two hearings held over nearly eight hours, lawmakers expressed concerns and raised troubling issues about how tech companies act."We're getting to the next layer down," said James Norton, a former deputy assistant undersecretary for the Department of Homeland Security under President George W. Bush.The tech industry is entering a new age where lawmakers aren't just scrutinizing its missteps but asking … [Read more...] about Congress turns up heat on Facebook and Twitter, but what comes next?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by ByKate Conger and Charlie Savage Aug. 2, 2018 In late June, after word emerged that the white supremacists who organized last year’s deadly “Unite the Right” march in Charlottesville, Va., had applied to hold an anniversary rally this month in Washington, a local political activist, Brendan Orsinger, saw that a Facebook event page had been created for a counterprotest. He recognized it as trouble. Little did he know just how much. The event page was created on June 24 by a feminist-oriented Facebook political page called Resisters. On June 25, Mr. Orsinger reached out via Facebook to a Resisters administrator he knew as “Mary,” whom he had messaged before, to discuss how Washington-based activists resent it when national activists crowd out local organizers on an … [Read more...] about How Fake Influence Campaigns on Facebook Lured Real People
Another day, another high-profile outrage spreading virally on Facebook. This time around it’s our frequent subject here Alex Jones, of Infowars, who yesterday went on a rant in which he tiptoed very close to the line of calling for violence against special counsel Robert Mueller. Charlie Warzel has the details in BuzzFeed: On his Monday afternoon show, Jones issued a prolonged rant against special counsel Robert Mueller, accusing him of raping children and overseeing their rape, and then pantomiming shooting the former FBI director. The show was streamed live on Jones’ personal, verified Facebook page, which has nearly 1.7 million likes. In the clip, Jones baselessly accused Mueller of having sex with children. “They’d let Mueller rape kids in front of people, which he did,” he said on the show. Facebook told Warzel the rant did not amount to a credible threat of violence, and left the post up. It had about 46,000 views as of this morning. Later in the … [Read more...] about Three unanswered questions about threats and hoaxes on Facebook
CNN questioned why Facebook allows InfoWars to run a page on their platform while the social media network attempts to crack down on “fake news,” in a recently published article. In an article titled “Facebook touts fight on fake news, but struggles to explain why InfoWars isn’t banned,” CNN’s Oliver Darcy reports that Facebook officials had issues answering questions related to Alex Jones’ news site InfoWars. Specifically, during an event in the company’s Manhattan offices, officials were unable to explain why the site was allowed to operate a Facebook page while the company attempts to crack down on “fake news.”Facebook reportedly showed a presentation which outlined their efforts to fight misinformation on the platform. This was presented by John Hegeman, the head of Facebook’s News Feed and product specialist for News Feed Sara Su. Darcy asked the two Facebook employees how Facebook could claim they were serious … [Read more...] about CNN Calls on Facebook to Censor InfoWars for ‘Fake News’