By Sheera Frenkel, New York Times Published 4:32 pm CDT, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Photo: SAMUEL CORUM /NYT Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during an Independence Day event on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2018. Trump’s campaign has long been active in social media. The president and his political action committee spent $274,000 on ads on Facebook since early May. less President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump during an Independence Day event on the South Lawn of the White House, July 4, 2018. Trump’s campaign has long been active in social media. The president ... more Photo: SAMUEL CORUM /NYT Trump No. 1 in buying political ads on Facebook 1 / 1 Back to Gallery SAN FRANCISCO — It’s official: President … [Read more...] about Trump No. 1 in buying political ads on Facebook
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Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by BySheera Frenkel July 17, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — It’s official: President Trump is the single biggest political advertiser on Facebook. Mr. Trump and his political action committee spent $274,000 on ads on the social network since early May, outpacing the second-biggest spender, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, a nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health care. Planned Parenthood spent just over $188,000 on Facebook ads over the same period. The ads bought by Mr. Trump and his PAC were also seen the most by Facebook’s users, having been viewed by at least 37 million people since May. That compared with 24 million people who saw the second-most viewed group of political ads, which were also from Planned Parenthood. These findings were laid out in a new study by a group of … [Read more...] about The Biggest Spender of Political Ads on Facebook? President Trump
By Kevin Roose, New York Times Published 4:28 pm, Monday, June 25, 2018 Photo: Charlie Litchfield /Associated Press Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 This Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo, shows a board with the Facebook logo inside the new Facebook data centers in Altoona, Iowa. Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference during the 2016 election, the giant social network recently adopted new rules to make its advertising service harder to exploit. less This Friday, Nov. 14, 2014 photo, shows a board with the Facebook logo inside the new Facebook data centers in Altoona, Iowa. Facing a torrent of criticism over its failure to prevent foreign interference ... more Photo: Charlie Litchfield /Associated Press Some ads on Facebook misidentified as ‘political’ 1 / 1 Back to … [Read more...] about Some ads on Facebook misidentified as ‘political’
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Tony Romm May 24 at 2:00 PM Email the author Graphics of Facebook pages created by a Russian troll factory are displayed during a congressional hearing. (SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) Facebook and Twitter forged ahead Thursday with new efforts to disclose more information about the political advertisements that appear on their sites, part of a broad campaign to help users better understand why they see the content they do and who’s behind it. For both tech companies, the stakes are high ahead of the 2018 midterm election, two years after Russian agents spread propaganda – through ads and … [Read more...] about Who’s behind those political ads on Facebook? Now, you can find out.
When University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Young Mie Kim and her team set out to research divisive political ads on Facebook during the 2016 election, they embarked on a first-of-its-kind study of how groups try to target and influence voters. What they found — that more than half of these ads came from "suspicious" groups with little to no identifiable information — has led Kim to spend six months at the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign Legal Center, where she will research and advocate federal solutions to the issue of digital political advertising. Kim's research has attracted a flood of national attention, particularly for its findings that one-sixth of ads run by "suspicious," untraceable groups had ties to Russia. She spoke with the Cap Times about her team's process and findings, and the changes she recommends. What was your plan when you started this research? I have been studying passionate publics who care about an issue based on their identity, … [Read more...] about Q&A: UW prof Young Mie Kim studies ‘suspicious,’ divisive political ads on Facebook