Today Facebook handed over 3000 ads to congressional investigators that were bought by a Russian company to influence U.S. politics. “Many appear to exploit racial and social divisions and exploit ugly stereotypes. We find this interference deeply offensive” a Facebook spokesperson wrote this morning.
Facebook also announced specifics of how it will implement changes to its advertising systems in order to thwart abuse and specifically election interference that CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised last week. He later asked for forgiveness for how his products have been used to divide people.
Facebook briefed TechCrunch on the changes that include hiring 1000 more people to its global ads review team over the next year, and making it so anyone can see any ad run by any organization on Facebook instead of only the ads targeted to them.
The changes should boost the integrity of Facebook’s ad systems and prevent some of the abuse that plagued the 2016 U.S. Presidential election.
Facebook told TechCrunch last night that this morning it planned to share the 3000 ads with the congressional investigators this morning. As we wrote then:Read More...
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