Mark Zuckerberg’s refusal to make Russia-linked Facebook ads public is a disgrace

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Forever tainting the otherwise inoffensive gray-to-beige color palette, billionaire Mark Zuckerberg took to Facebook Live today to address his company’s role in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. 

Perched behind a pretend Oval Office desk in a room straight out of an Ikea-meets-TwilightZone mashup, he spoke directly to the American people about the approximately 3,000 Russia-linked ads — which possibly helped Donald Trump win the election — that his company profited from.

Zuckerberg promised to turn the advertisements in question over to congressional investigators, but stopped short of saying he would release them to the public. Which is a total bullshit cop out, and he should be ashamed of himself.  Read more…

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Twitter says a now-fixed bug allowed ad campaigns to target users with derogatory terms

 Add Twitter to the list of companies that have had to respond to questions around the ability to target ad campaigns against derogatory keywords in their advertising platform, though Twitter says this was a result of a bug. “We determined these few campaigns were able to go through because of a bug that we have now fixed,” a Twitter spokespersons aid. “Twitter prohibits… Read More

The future of obnoxiously loud autoplay videos is in doubt

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Browsing the web is an integral part of most people’s VROOM VROOM I’M A CAR COMMERCIAL AND NOW I’M IN YOUR BRAIN GOOD LUCK FINDING MY TINY MUTE BUTTON lives, but that process is frequently a jarring one complete with loud autoplay ads and video making it difficult to focus on what’s in front of you. 

Google, however, has decided to do something about that. Starting in early 2018 will block autoplay video with sound on its popular Chrome browser. 

But what does this mean for the internet ecosystem as a whole? Google is an advertising company, so why would it take a stand against any type of ad? Could Edge, Safari, and Firefox soon follow suit, and how will this move affect surfing the information superhighway (yup) on our smartphones?  Read more…

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Facebook let advertisers buy ads targeting ‘Jew haters’

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Facebook is again finding itself in hot water over its ads.

The social network allowed advertisers to buy ads specifically targeting “Jew haters” and people who were “interested in” other anti-Semitic topics, according to a new report from ProPublica.

The publication found that Facebook’s advertising portal contained a number of anti-Semitic categories ad-buyers could use to help target their ads on Facebook. These categories, which have since been removed, included “Jew haters,” “How to burn Jews,” and “History of ‘why jews ruin the world,” and “Hitler did nothing wrong.”  Read more…

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