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Google cracks down on political ads

Hi! Welcome to the Insider Advertising daily for January 14. I’m Lauren Johnson, a senior advertising reporter at Business Insider. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every weekday. Send me feedback or tips at [email protected] Today’s news: Google cracks down on political ads, the power players at […]
Google cracks down on political ads
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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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Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook makes a ‘relatively small’ amount from political advertising. The company has made $2.2 billion from political ads since mid-2018.

During Wednesday’s Senate hearing on Section 230, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company makes a “relatively small” amount from political advertising. Both Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg have long maintained that political ads are worth less than 1% of the firm’s overall revenue. Since May 2018, almost 11 million […]
Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook makes a ‘relatively small’ amount from political advertising. The company has made $2.2 billion from political ads since mid-2018.
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This is how Australia’s political parties are using Facebook advertising during the 2020 state elections – and how much they’re spending

Facebook advertising has emerged as one of the key parts of modern political campaigning, including for Australian state elections. New disclosures from Facebook reveals how advertising strategies vary from state-to-state and even party-to-party. While use varies across all states, each state’s major parties poured tens of thousands of dollars into […]
This is how Australia’s political parties are using Facebook advertising during the 2020 state elections – and how much they’re spending
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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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Facebook refuses to fact-check political ads, and it’s infuriating employees and lawmakers. Here’s why the issue continues to dog the company.

2019 has been especially tumultuous for Facebook. The biggest issue the company faces stems from political advertising, and Facebook’s policy not to fact-check that advertising. “Facebook exempts politicians from our third-party fact-checking program,” VP of global affairs and communication Nick Clegg wrote in late September. “We rely on third-party fact-checkers […]
Facebook refuses to fact-check political ads, and it’s infuriating employees and lawmakers. Here’s why the issue continues to dog the company.
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Facebook’s head of news defends the company’s decision to include sites like Breitbart in its curated News section: ‘I will always stand by their right to express their views’

Facebook’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, defended Facebook’s choice to include sites like Breitbart in its new News tab in a Facebook post on Wednesday. “We should include content from ideological publishers on both the left and the right – as long as that content meets our integrity standards […]
Facebook’s head of news defends the company’s decision to include sites like Breitbart in its curated News section: ‘I will always stand by their right to express their views’
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren got behind the Facebook employees slamming Mark Zuckerberg for allowing lies in political ads

Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted their support Monday for Facebook employees who are challenging the firm’s stance on lies in political ads. According to an internal letter obtained by The New York Times on Monday, 250 Facebook employees are petitioning CEO Mark Zuckerberg to change the company’s […]
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Elizabeth Warren got behind the Facebook employees slamming Mark Zuckerberg for allowing lies in political ads
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s controversial ad policies, and he struggled to answer her questions

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his congressional testimony Wednesday, and he struggled to come up with responses to her questions. The New York congresswoman asked Zuckerberg questions about fact-checking political advertisements on the site and who was approved to be a third-party fact-checker. Other politicians, including […]
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s controversial ad policies, and he struggled to answer her questions