The debate over how online platforms should handle political advertisements is raging on. This week, several researchers have presented alternatives to the approaches of Twitter and Facebook while Google has submitted their own updated policy. The articles below cover this debate as well as news on the fight to protect the U.S. Census from disinformation and the struggle to keep the White House whistleblower’s name from appearing on platforms.
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Facebook launches new safety tools for advertisers as criticism continues over false political ads (CNBC, 20 November 2019)
Google changes to political ad policy to limit targeting (Axios, 20 Novemeber 2019)
Four Ways to Fix Social Media’s Political Ads Problem — Without Banning Them (New York Times, 16 November 2019)
We Need to Fix Online Advertising. All of It. (Slate, 15 November 2019)
Twitter accuses Tories of misleading public with ‘factcheck’ foray (The Guardian, 20 November 2019)
The Technology 202: How Facebook is gearing up to protect the U.S. Census from misinformation (The Washington Post, 19 November 2019)
Whistle-Blower’s Purported Name Keeps Evading Facebook and YouTube Defenses (New York Times, 14 November 2019)
I posted a video that became right-wing disinformation. Here’s how I fought back. (Columbia Journalism Review, 14 November 2019)
To See the Future of Disinformation, You Build Robo-Trolls (Wired, 19 November 2019)
Campaigns Say Google Ad Policy Sidesteps Problem of Disinformation (New York Times, 21 November 2019)