Tag Archives: advertising

Facebook’s political ad system still allows anonymous advertising

In May, Facebook began requiring political ads in the US to disclose who paid for them and those purchasing political ads to verify their identities. Both moves were meant to address some of the issues highlighted by the 2016 presidential election, d...

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Facebook accused of lying about video stats error for over a year

Facebook is guilty of lying to advertisers, according to a new lawsuit. Back in 2016, online marketing agency Crowd Siren sued the social network for inflating its metrics -- now it claims Facebook knew as early as 2015 that it was over-reporting fig...

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Google publishes its own archive of US political ads

In the months leading up to the US midterm elections, the big online sites that inadvertently hosted the worst manipulation back in 2016, like Facebook and Twitter, have adopted new advertising policies to enforce transparency. So has Google, which h...

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Amazon may have to drop next-day delivery claim in UK

Amazon's failure to deliver hundreds of people's parcels in the UK on time last year might have huge repercussions on the way it does its business in the region. According to The Times, UK's Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) plans to announce nex...

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Facebook deal with Washington ends ad filtering for ethnicity

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced today that Facebook has signed an agreement that will prevent advertisers promoting housing, credit, employment, insurance or businesses open to the public from excluding individuals from seeing thei...

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Facebook lifts its ban on crypotcurrency ads

At the end of January, Facebook banned any advertisements promoting cryptocurrencies because they are "frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices," the company wrote in a blog post. Now the platform has softened its posi...

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Facebook will block foreign ads on Ireland’s abortion referendum

Facebook has been increasingly stringent about verifying the sources of political ads in its bid to prevent foreign interference, and that's evident in its approach to Ireland. The social network is now refusing any foreign ads about Ireland's Eighth...

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YouTube still has an ad problem

YouTube's problem with automated ads appearing on extremist channels isn't getting any better. A recent CNN investigation revealed that companies including Adidas, Amazon, Hershey, Netflix and Under Armour -- and even the US government -- had their a...

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Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook doesn’t use your mic for ad targeting

During today's joint hearing before the Senate Judiciary & Commerce Committees, CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced one question that addresses a privacy concern you've probably heard about: whether or not Facebook listens in on your conversations via micr...

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Parent groups say YouTube defies underage data-collection laws

The Federal Trade Commission has been asked to, once again, investigate Google's practices around its YouTube Kids platform. A group of child-safety organizations accuse the search giant of violating child protection laws by collecting data, and usin...

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