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Seattle says Facebook broke one of its campaign advertising laws

Seattle says Facebook broke one of its campaign advertising laws
From TechCrunch - February 5, 2018

Seattles election commission says Facebook broke a city law that requires it to disclose who paid for campaign ads. Reuters reports that the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commissions executive director, Wayne Barnett, said Facebook must reveal advertising spending information for last years city elections or potentially face fines of up to $5,000 per ad purchase.

Facebook, Twitter and Google have been under scrutiny since being called to testify as part of a Senate investigation into how social media might have been used by Russians to interfere with the presidential election. Last fall, Facebook promised more transparency into political ads on its platform, including tools that allow users to see who paid for them, after admitting that more than 3,000 ads related to the 2016 U.S. presidential election were bought by buyers linked to Russia.

Facebook vice president Will Castleberry told Reuters that the company is a strong supporter of transparency in political advertising. In response to a request from the Seattle Ethics and Elections Commission we were able to provide relevant information. Barnett insists, however, that Facebook hasnt come close to meeting their public obligation despite meeting with city officials and giving them partial spending data.

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