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President Trump says it’s a ‘hoax’ that Russian sources purchased ads on Facebook

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Federal officials across the US government are investigating whether Russia sought to influence the 2016 presidential election by purchasing ads on social networks like Facebook. But President Donald Trump on Sept 22 dismissed the matter as a “hoax.”

The Real Trouble With Trump’s ‘Dark Post’ Facebook Ads

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States

Pandering to the base is a tradition as old as politics itself. But in the social media age, it’s easier than ever for politicians to take those tailored messages—the kind they might not like to share with the whole world—and disseminate them only to the people who are most likely to agree. And targeting allows campaigns to silo thousands of possible audiences with just a click, making it harder than ever to hold politicians accountable for all of it.

Internet Giants Face New Political Resistance in Washington

Location:
Washington, DC, United States

After years of largely avoiding regulation, businesses like Facebook, Google and Amazon are a focus of lawmakers, some of whom are criticizing the expanding power of big tech companies and their role in the 2016 election.

Democrats are trying to limit foreign influence on US elections — beginning with Google and Facebook ads

Location:
US Capitol, East Capitol Street, NE and 1st Street, NE, DC, 20515, United States

A group of House and Senate Democrats are calling on the US government to issue new “guidance” to stop foreign advertisers from spending money on Facebook, Google and other web platforms in a bid to influence American elections.

AT&T Throttling Case Back in Court

Location:
US Court of Appeals; 9th Circuit, 95 7th St, San Francisco, CA, 94103, United States

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments in a Federal Trade Commission throttling case against AT&T that has major implications for the agency’s reach over telecommunications companies.

Google Offers to Auction Off Shopping Ad Spaces to Rivals in Response to EU

Location:
Google, 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, United States

Apparently, Alphabet’s Google has proposed overhauling its shopping search results so that rivals can bid for space to display products for sale, as part of the company's efforts to comply with the European Union’s antitrust order.

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters'

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Until the week of Sept 11, Facebook enabled advertisers to direct their pitches to the news feeds of almost 2,300 people who expressed interest in the topics of “Jew hater,” “How to burn jews,” or, “History of ‘why jews ruin the world.’”

Advertisers are furious with Apple for new tracking restrictions in Safari 11

Location:
Apple, 1 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, CA, 95014, United States

A group of digital advertising and marketing organizations has come together to condemn Apple for what the coalition says is a “unilateral and heavy-handed approach” to user privacy on Mac.

The real IRS scandal isn’t Lois Lerner — or her critics, its Dark Money

Location:
USA, United States

The Sept. 9 Digest item “Ex-IRS official won’t be charged in scandal” noted that the ex-Internal Revenue Service official will not be charged in the “mistreatment of conservative groups during the 2010 and 2012 elections.” However, the real big scandal here is the undermining of our democratic process by the IRS fostering a tsunami of “dark money” in our elections.

Facebook Moves to Keep Ads From Running on Objectionable Videos

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook’s enormous audience has long been catnip to advertisers. But the company’s vast ecosystem has come under scrutiny in 2017 from major brands, which are increasingly sensitive to the possibility of inadvertently showing up next to objectionable content.

Facebook needs to answer these questions about the Russian campaign to influence American voters

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

We now know that a Russian organization spent two years trying to influence American voters using Facebook. Here are the questions Facebook has yet to answer and why it matters.

Russia Used Facebook Events to Organize Anti-Immigrant Rallies on US Soil

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Russian operatives hiding behind false identities used Facebook’s event management tool to remotely organize and promote political protests in the US, including an August 2016 anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim rally in Idaho.

Make Mark Zuckerberg Testify

Location:
USA, United States

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg should publicly testify under oath before Congress on his company’s capabilities to influence the political process, be it Russian meddling or anything else.

When it comes to Facebook, Russia’s $100,000 is worth more than you think

Location:
USA, United States

Russia spent at least $100,000 on Facebook ads because of Americans’ known susceptibility to partisan division, our willingness to outsource the work of analysis to social-media algorithms and our tendency to not think too hard about what we see. No, the money isn’t minor. But the real problem is us.

Facebook, Twitter Political Ads Should Mimic TV Rules

Location:
MediaPost Communications, 1460 Broadway, New York, NY, United States

ome political TV advertising can be misleading, especially those super PAC (political action committee) commercials. You’re not sure where they come from or who is behind it. But what Facebook found out is worse: A Russian-backed "troll farm" bought $100,000 worth of advertising space on Facebook through fake accounts, according to the company.

The Fake Americans Russia Created to Influence the Election

Location:
USA, United States

The Russian information attack on the election did not stop with the hacking and leaking of Democratic emails or the fire hose of stories, true, false and in between, that ...

Facebook’s Russian Ads Disclosure Opens A New Front That Could Lead To Regulation

Location:
Capitol Building, E Capitol St NE & 1st St NE, Washington, DC, 20001, United States

Facebook is facing a new push to reveal how its vast power is being used after it disclosed that roughly $100,000 worth of political ads were purchased on its platform by fake accounts and pages connected to a Russian troll operation.

Facebook says it sold political ads to Russian company during 2016 election

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Apparently, representatives of Facebook told congressional investigators that it has discovered it sold ads during the US presidential election to a shadowy Russian company seeking to target voters.

Facebook’s Ad Metrics Come Under Scrutiny Yet Again

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States

Facebook's advertising metrics have again been called into question, after Pivotal Research Group senior analyst Brian Wieser pointed out a large discrepancy between US census data and the potential reach that the social network promises advertisers.

Verizon Wants to Build an Advertising Juggernaut. It Needs Your Data First

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

A new Verizon rewards program, Verizon Up, provides credits that wireless subscribers can use for concert tickets, movie premieres and phone upgrades. But it comes with a catch: Customers must give the carrier access to their web-browsing history, app usage and location data, which Verizon says it uses to personalize the rewards and deliver targeted advertising as its customers browse the web.

Lenovo Settles FTC Charges it Harmed Consumers With Preinstalled Software on its Laptops that Compromised Online Security

Location:
Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

Lenovo Inc., one of the world’s largest computer manufacturers, has agreed to settle charges by the Federal Trade Commission and 32 State Attorneys General that the company harmed consumers by pre-loading software on some laptops that compromised security protections in order to deliver ads to consumers.

Dark money, super PAC spending surges ahead of 2018 midterms

Location:
USA, United States

Outside groups, such as super PACs and their more secretive brethren politically active nonprofits, spent more money during the first eight months of the 2018 election cycle than over the same period in any previous cycle.

Complaints Filed Against TV Stations for Public File Violations on Political Issue Ads

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States

The Campaign Legal Center and Issue One, two political “watchdog” organizations, filed Federal Communications Commission complaints against two Georgia TV stations, alleging violations of the rules that govern the documents that need to be placed into a station’s public inspection file regarding political “issue advertising".

Why Tech Giants Like Google and Amazon Are Spending Big On TV Ads

Location:
USA, United States

In recent months, industry pundits sat up and took notice when online advertising giant Google started doubling down on its TV advertising investment.

Billboard ads target Republicans who want to roll back net neutrality

Location:
Fight for the Future, Boston, MA, 02205, United States

An advocacy group is launching an ad campaign targeting lawmakers who want to roll back the Federal Communications Commission’s network neutrality rules.

Telemarketer Fees to Access the FTC’s Do Not Call Registry to Rise Slightly in FY 2018

Location:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20580, United States

The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2018 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. The annual fees will increase slightly from FY 2017, and are set forth in a Federal Register notice.

When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States

As Silicon Valley has infiltrated the profession, journalism has come to unhealthily depend on the big tech companies, which now supply journalism with an enormous percentage of its audience—and, therefore, a big chunk of its revenue.

Digital News Fact Sheet

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States

In the US, roughly nine-in-ten adults (93%) ever get news online (either via mobile or desktop), and the online space has become a host for the digital homes of both legacy news outlets and new, “born on the web” news outlets.

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Center for Digital Democracy to FCC: Don't Weaken Kids Rules

Location:
Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, 89 South St, Boston, MA, 02111, United States

Advocates called Aug 4 on the Federal Communications Commission to reject an effort by major media companies to “eliminate or weaken important rules for children’s television.”

Verizon’s new rewards program lets it track your browsing history

Location:
Verizon Communications, 140 West St, New York, NY, 10007, United States

Verizon has a new rewards program out, called Verizon Up, which awards users a credit for every $300 they spend on their Verizon bill that can be redeemed toward various rewards.

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