Facebook's Disclosure About Russian Political Ads Sparks Debate on Transparency; Critics say the company needs to be more forthcoming about how social media spreads propaganda
Seetharaman, Deepa; McMillan, Robert. Wall Street Journal (Online); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]08 Sep 2017: n/a.
Facebook Inc.'s disclosure this week that Russian actors paid for divisive political ads on its platform is reigniting debate over the how much the social media giant is obligated to share data on its service.
A Facebook blog post on Wednesday publicly acknowledged for the first time that Russians sought to manipulate public opinion in the U.S. through its platform. The company said it identified a total of 5,200 ads, costing $150,000, about hot-button social and political issues over a two-year period that included the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Most ads were paid for by accounts tied to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian outfit that shares pro-Kremlin views online. Other ads came from accounts that Facebook detected were affiliated with Russia.