Thousands of political ads are sneaking around Facebook’s disclosure rules

Thousands of political ads are sneaking around Facebook’s disclosure rules

The election year battle against misinformation on Facebook isn’t off to a good start, at least according to one study.

Researchers at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering discovered that tens of thousands of Facebook pages have found workarounds to the social network’s political advertising disclosure rules. The study was shared with the The Washington Post, which published its findings.

The study looked at Facebook’s online advertising archive between May 2018 and June 2019. The findings “point to myriad opportunities malicious actors may have had to exploit the platform’s powerful targeting tools while hiding their tracks, misleading users and evading Facebook’s enforcement,” according to The Washington Post. Read more…

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