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Facebook reportedly told its ad reviewers to ignore fraud and hacked accounts as long as ‘Facebook gets paid’

Facebook told workers to ignore fraudulent ads and hacked accounts as long as the company “gets paid,” BuzzFeed News reported Thursday. BuzzFeed News’ investigation revealed how Facebook consistently prioritised making money over protecting users from scams, hackers, and disinformation. Ahead of the US elections in November, Facebook even told its […]
Facebook reportedly told its ad reviewers to ignore fraud and hacked accounts as long as ‘Facebook gets paid’
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Google will temporarily ban political ads after Election Day in the US

Google told advertisers it’s banning all ads that refer to the US presidential election after polling finishes, Axios reports. Google confirmed Tuesday it’s enacting its “sensitive events” policy because “an unprecedented amount of votes will be counted after election day this year” It has not given a fixed time limit […]
Google will temporarily ban political ads after Election Day in the US
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Facebook is trying to prevent NYU from examining its political ad-targeting. Researchers say they have no intention of stopping their work.

The NYU Ad Observatory is researching Facebook’s political advertising targeting practices using a browser plug-in. Laura Edelson, a lead researcher for the project, told Business Insider that Ad Observatory is finding ads Facebook’s internal archival system is missing, highlighting the importance of the work. Facebook is trying to shut down […]
Facebook is trying to prevent NYU from examining its political ad-targeting. Researchers say they have no intention of stopping their work.
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Joe Biden relaunched a $47 million digital campaign targeting military families after Trump reportedly called dead US soldiers ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is relaunching a $US47 million digital campaign targeting military service members. The massive ad relaunch comes amid a bombshell report that said President Donald Trump privately referred to fallen US soldiers as “losers” and “suckers.” The ads will target voters living near military bases in […]
Joe Biden relaunched a $47 million digital campaign targeting military families after Trump reportedly called dead US soldiers ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’
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The Trump campaign removed a ‘make space great again’ video ad after former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg called it ‘political propaganda’ for using images of her family

A video President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign called “make space great again” was removed from YouTube on Thursday. The video featured images from the historic NASA and SpaceX launch last week. Karen Nyberg, an astronaut and the wife of Doug Hurley, one of the two astronauts sent into space on […]
The Trump campaign removed a ‘make space great again’ video ad after former NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg called it ‘political propaganda’ for using images of her family
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Mark Zuckerberg says it’s easier for Facebook to ‘take a much harder line’ on misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic

Mark Zuckerberg said it’s easier for Facebook to “take a much harder line” on coronavirus misinformation. Zuckerberg told The New York Times that policies could be more “black and white” around a global health crisis like COVID-19 than they would in political discourse. Social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and […]
Mark Zuckerberg says it’s easier for Facebook to ‘take a much harder line’ on misinformation during the coronavirus pandemic