WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released about 3,400 Facebook ads purchased by Russian agents around the 2016 presidential election on issues from immigration to gun control, a reminder of the complexity of the manipulation that Facebook is trying to contain ahead of the midterm elections. The ads, which span from mid-2015 to mid-2017, illustrate the extent to which Kremlin-aligned forces sought to stoke social, cultural and political unrest on one of the Web's most powerful platforms. With the help of Facebook's targeting tools, Russia's online army reached at least 146 million people on Facebook and Instagram, its photo-sharing service, with ads and other posts, including events promoting protests around the country.The release of the ads comes months after top executives from Facebook, Google and Twitter testified at a trio of congressional hearings about Russia's propaganda efforts, a campaign waged by the Kremlin-sponsored Internet … [Read more...] about Facebook ads purchased by Russian trolls include pro-Beyoncé vs. anti-Beyoncé
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Democrat candidates for the Senate and House are vastly outpacing their Republican opponents on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram, according to analysis by the New York Times — although it’s impossible to say how much of their upsurge is the result of mass-bans and algorithm changes on the part of Facebook. The analysis shows a 7.8 million advantage in Facebook interactions for Democrat Senate candidates vs. Republican Senate candidates in a 30-day period ending October 15, and a 2 million advantage in interactions for Democrats fighting House races over the same period.Only in gubernatorial races do Republicans hold a slight advantage in Facebook interactions — of just 100,000. Democrats also hold a significant advantage on Instagram, with Democratic candidates seeing 5.4 million interactions on their Instagram pages over the thirty-day period, compared to just 213,000 for Republicans. The New York Times acknowledges that the Facebook interactions gap … [Read more...] about Midterm Meddling: Democrats Surge on Facebook After Algorithm Changes
It appears that users won’t be seeing the blue AdChoices triangle icon on Twitter anytime soon. AdChoices and its blue triangle icon are the work of the Digital Advertising Alliance (a consortium of trade groups) to provide users with disclosure of and the ability to opt out of targeted behavioral advertising (e.g. ads based on websites visited). This industry self-regulatory option was intended to be a broad and unifying option to stave off governmental regulation. Recently Twitter began allowing promoted tweets to be targeted based on users’ individual browsing activity. But Twitter has opted for its own opt out structure utilizing user controlled browser settings rather than the advertising industry’s AdChoices blue triangle. The Twitter process does work, and is easy to use if one is aware of it. But can AdChoices survive or become a viable industry standard with the desired effect of creating cohesive industry self-regulation when a major platform player like … [Read more...] about Was AdChoices Just Flipped the (Twitter) Bird on Behavioral Targeting?
With the explosion of cell phones in the consumer marketplace, texting and driving has emerged as a national health crisis for individual motorists, the public, and the courts. In 2013, 10 percent of all fatal crashes involved distraction, resulting in the deaths of 3,154 people. Additionally, it is estimated that another 424,000 people were injured in accidents involving distracted drivers.1 In addition to texting while driving, other types of distracted driving include talking on cell phones, eating, using in-dash electronics, and any other activity that takes a driver's attention away from the road.2In response to the problems presented by texting and driving, 46 states and the District of Columbia have instituted laws forbidding the action, criminalizing texting and driving as at least an infraction.3 At the same time, other forms of distracted driving, including using social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, SnapChat and recently, Pokemon Go, have … [Read more...] about Distracted Driving vs. DUI: The Legal Consequences
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