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Facebook demands ID verification for big Pages, “issue” ad buyers

Facebook demands ID verification for big Pages, “issue” ad buyers
From TechCrunch - April 6, 2018

Facebookis looking to self-police by implementing parts of the proposed Honest Ads Act before the government tries to regulate it. To fight fake news and election interference, Facebook will require the admins of popular Facebook Pages and advertisers buying political or issue ads on debated topics of national legislative importance like education or abortion to verify their identity and location. Those that refuse, are found to be fraudulent, or are trying to influence foreign elections will have their Pages prevented from posting to the News Feed or their ads blocked.

Meanwhile, Facebook plans to use this information to append a Political Ad label and Paid for by information to all election, politics, and issue ads. Users can report any ads they think are missing the label, and Facebook will show if a Page has changed its name to thwart deception. Facebook started the verification process this week, users in the U.S. will start seeing the labels and buyer info later this spring, and Facebook will expand the effort to ads around the world in the coming months.

Overall, its a smart start that comes way too late. As soon as Facebook started heavily promoting its ability to run influential election ads, it should have voluntarily adopted similar verification and labeling rules as traditional media. Instead, it was so focused on connecting people to politics, it disregarded how the connection could be perverted to power mass disinformation and destabilization campaigns.

These steps by themselves wont stop all people trying to game the system. But they will make it a lot harder for anyone to do what the Russians did during the 2016 election and use fake accounts and pages to run ads CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on Facebook. Election interference is a problem thats bigger than any one platform, and thats why we support the Honest Ads Act. This will help raise the bar for all political advertising online. You can see his full post below.

The move follows Twitters November announcement that it too would label political ads and show who they were bought by.

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