Facebook May Ban Political Advertising

Source: Yahoo Finance - View Original Article
Published: Jul 11, 2020
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96% "I don't think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true."
81% "Instead, a Facebook ban on political advertising would be mainly a PR move to persuade marketers (and users) that it's taking good-faith actions to address concerns about abuse of its powerful platforms."
78% "We said it seven months ago to @Google"
70% "Last month, the company began letting Facebook and Instagram users in the U.S. disable political ads, That includes all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the 'Paid for by' political disclaimer on them, according to Naomi Gleit, Facebook's VP of product management and social impact."
66% "If the social media giant made such a move, it would be a significant about-face to the company's long-held laissez-faire approach to political ads and political speech more broadly, coming just months ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections."
60% ". Story continues"
-51% "Since 2018, Donald Trump's campaign has spent more than $55 million in advertising on Facebook and Joe Biden's campaign has spent more than $25 million, per the New York Times."
-52% "Facebook is considering a prohibition on political ads on its platforms, according to multiple media reports."
-62% "The company, which says 3 billion people use its apps monthly, is deliberating whether to ban political ads, as first reported by Bloomberg News."
-67% "And Google changed its political-advertising policies to disallow microtargeting based on criteria like political affiliation or voting records and said explicitly that it would block ads that include false statements."
-72% "Thomas previously worked as a data scientist at Facebook."
-75% "During the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook was targeted by Russian disinformation attacks in an attempt to influence voting."
-82% "In terms of revenue impact, a Facebook prohibition on political advertising would not make much of a dent (total sales grew 18% in Q1, to $17.74 billion)."
-95% "Facebook has kicked around the idea since late 2019 and at this point has not reached a definitive decision on how to proceed, according to reports citing anonymous sources."
-97% "Since then, Facebook claims it has taken numerous steps to curb bad actors."

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96% : "I don't think most people want to live in a world where you can only post things that tech companies judge to be 100% true."
81% : Instead, a Facebook ban on political advertising would be mainly a PR move to persuade marketers (and users) that it's taking good-faith actions to address concerns about abuse of its powerful platforms.
80% : And Facebook's failure to take action on inflammatory comments and voting disinformation posted by Trump was cited by independent civil-rights auditors in a report this week as among the "vexing and heartbreaking decisions Facebook has made that represent significant setbacks for civil rights.
78% : "I know many people disagree, but, in general, I don't think it's right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy," Zuckerberg said in a speech at Georgetown University in October 2019.
78% : "We said it seven months ago to @Google
75% : It has launched a Voting Information Center to provide "authoritative" information about elections, and is prompting users to register to vote.
70% : Last month, the company began letting Facebook and Instagram users in the U.S. disable political ads, That includes "all social issue, electoral or political ads from candidates, Super PACs or other organizations that have the 'Paid for by' political disclaimer on them," according to Naomi Gleit, Facebook's VP of product management and social impact.
66% : If the social media giant made such a move, it would be a significant about-face to the company's long-held laissez-faire approach to political ads and political speech more broadly, coming just months ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections.
62% : Click here to read the full article.
61% : and we will say it again to @Facebook:
61% : And two weeks ago, Zuckerberg said the company will start adding warning labels to posts by politicians that would otherwise violate its policies if those are deemed to be in the "public interest" -- a policy Twitter adopted a year ago.
60% : Also last month, Facebook removed ads from Trump's 2020 re-election campaign because they used Nazi imagery, which the company said violated its policy against "organized hate.
60% : . Story continues
55% : "We believe political message reach should be earned, not bought," CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted last fall.
52% : In contrast to Facebook's hands-off approach, Twitter last year said it would ban political advertising (while still allowing some issue-based ads).
52% : Hundreds of advertisers have joined a boycott of Facebook under the #StopHateForProfit campaign, calling for the company to more aggressively block hate speech and misinformation.
49% : Since 2018, Donald Trump's campaign has spent more than $55 million in advertising on Facebook and Joe Biden's campaign has spent more than $25 million, per the New York Times.
48% : Facebook is considering a prohibition on political ads on its platforms, according to multiple media reports.
47% : a blunt ads ban is not a real solution to disinformation on your platform," Nell Thomas, CTO of the Democratic National Committee, wrote in a tweet Friday in response to the Bloomberg News report.
38% : The company, which says 3 billion people use its apps monthly, is deliberating whether to ban political ads, as first reported by Bloomberg News.
33% : And Google changed its political-advertising policies to disallow microtargeting based on criteria like political affiliation or voting records and said explicitly that it would block ads that include false statements.
28% : Thomas previously worked as a data scientist at Facebook.
25% : During the 2016 U.S. election, Facebook was targeted by Russian disinformation attacks in an attempt to influence voting.
24% : Critics say that even if Facebook were to stop accepting political advertising, that wouldn't fix the problems it has demonstrated in amplifying polarizing and false information.
24% : In addition, data on millions of Facebook users improperly ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, the now-defunct U.K. political consulting firm that used the information to target voters on behalf of Donald Trump's campaign
23% : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly expressed the view that internet companies shouldn't "censor" political speech, including ads, even if it is false.
18% : In terms of revenue impact, a Facebook prohibition on political advertising would not make much of a dent (total sales grew 18% in Q1, to $17.74 billion).
17% : Facebook has drawn fire for accepting an ad bought on behalf of Donald Trump's 2020 presidential campaign that asserted without evidence that former VP Joe Biden gave the Ukrainian attorney general a $1 billion bribe to not investigate his son.
15% : Facebook declined to comment on a potential ban of political advertising.
5% : Facebook has kicked around the idea since late 2019 and at this point has not reached a definitive decision on how to proceed, according to reports citing anonymous sources.
3% : Since then, Facebook claims it has taken numerous steps to curb bad actors.

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