We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them. -Vice News
Vice News reporting today that they posed as over 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook, and Facebook approved them all. Vice News posed as Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer, and the ads were approved with flying colors. They received no flack at all from the Tech Giant.
“If Facebook is going to claim to verify who’s paying for political ads, they need to actually do the work,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, in a statement to VICE News. “Clearly it needs to do far more to combat fraudulent and false content, both in paid advertisements and viral posts.”
Facebook confirmed that the 100 “Paid for by” disclosures in the names of U.S. senators should never have been approved. But the company argues that its “Paid for by” feature has brought a new level of transparency to political advertising, and cautioned it’s just one piece of its efforts, along with a searchable Ad Archive.
“We know we can’t do this alone, and by housing these ads for up to seven years, people, regulators, third parties and watchdog groups can hold these groups more accountable,” said Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern in a statement.
Not good that @facebook allowed @VICE to buy fake ads as @VP. They clearly know our verified account and should have protected us. However they did protect @HillaryClinton from fake ads. #PaloAltoMafia is complicit in hurting Republicans. https://t.co/6X0rznT1YY
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) October 31, 2018
Trump 2020 Campaign Manager Brad Parscale @parscale on Twitter also claims that they bought fake ads under the Vice President’s name as well. This is just another black mark on the downward spiral of Facebook’s inability to control it’s own platform.
You can read the full article at Vice News
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