POLITICS 06/08/2018 05:45 am ET Problems arise when a giant digital platform tries to regulate political speech on its own. By Paul Blumenthal The new political ad database Facebook unveiled last month has already exposed previously hidden politicking by campaigns and political action committees. But it’s also ensnaring news sites, podcasts and nonprofits whose ads aren’t political — and highlighting the problems inherent in having a private company regulate political speech. Sean Guillory ran into problems with the new policy when he tried to advertise an episode of his Russian history podcast. Guillory, a Ph.D. candidate in Russian studies at the University of Pittsburgh, wanted to advertise a podcast episode featuring Laurence Bogoslaw, the editor of a book of Russian press reports about Donald Trump going back to the 1990s. But Facebook blocked the ad because it decided the podcast contained political content. “I see my podcast as educational,” Guillory told HuffPost. “And the whole mission is to provide people with a more complex picture of Eurasia in general. I don’t think that Facebook can label this political. I find it really unbelievable.” Facebook launched its ad disclosure rules in response to the revelation that the Internet Research Agency, a Russian… Read full this story
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