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Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019
Facebook is tightening its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, an acknowledgement of previous misuse. But it's not clear if it will be enough to stop bad actors from abusing its system.
The changes include a tightened verification process that...
Saturday, Jul. 13, 2019
Elections come and go, but the season for political advertising sometimes seems to never end.
Facebook users in California, for example, may have noticed ads in recent months showing a woman with duct tape over her mouth and text that warns: "Legislators are leaving sexual assault...
Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017
Exasperated U.S. senators harshly criticized representatives of Facebook, Twitter and Google at a hearing Tuesday for not doing more to prevent Russian agents interfering with the American political process as early as 2015.
At one point, Sen. Al Franken shook his head after he couldn't...
Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site.
Executives for the social media company said Friday they will verify political ad buyers in federal...
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
Facebook says ads that ran on the company's social media platform and have been linked to a Russian internet agency were seen by an estimated 10 million people before and after the 2016 election.
The company turned 3,000 ads over to three congressional committees Monday as part of their...
Saturday, Sep. 23, 2017
Legislation floated by two Democratic senators would enhance transparency for online political ads, requiring social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep a public file of election ads and communications.
The bill by Sens. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota...
Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016
A mishmash of voices and music blaring from video screens compete for attention inside a new art exhibit in Ohio looking at the images and sounds of presidential campaign television ads.
In another show near New York City that explores how photos affect voters, snapshots of John Kennedy...
Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016
Jeb Bush's recent cancellation of advertising plans in Iowa and South Carolina was yet another cost-saving step for a down-in-the-polls presidential campaign that had already thinned its staff. If not for his flush super PAC, the Republican might be gone from the...
Friday, Dec. 25, 2015
Just before Rhode Island voters chose their governor last year, a group in Ohio transferred $730,000 from secret donors to another Ohio organization that spent the money on television ads aimed at defeating Gina Raimondo, the Democrat who eventually won a tight...
Friday, Sep. 26, 2014
After a summer spent chasing voters with millions of dollars in television ads, some of the biggest spenders in politics have settled on eight Senate races for a final flurry before Election Day.
The groups, which include the Crossroads network...