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Facebook made the following changes to its platform:
Reuters: Facebook said that in addition to rolling out a tool enabling individual users to choose to see fewer political and social issue ads on Facebook and its photo-sharing app Instagram, it will also make more ad audience data publicly available.
However, consider this:
Reuters: the world's biggest social network has vowed to curb political manipulation of its platform, after failing to counter alleged Russian interference and the misuse of user data by defunct political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica in 2016.
But ahead of the U.S. presidential election in November 2020, Facebook is struggling to quell criticism of its relatively hands-off ads policies. In particular it has come under fire after it exempted politicians' ads from fact-checking standards applied to other content on its network.
There are two things worth noting here:
First, Facebook in the past has failed to control misuse of their data and misuse of the platform to the spreading of false information by political candidates. The big concern is Facebook is used to spread false and misleading information to manipulate users. Facebook is a platform for fake news.
Second, how does allowing users to choose which political ads they see and which political ads they do not see from being manipulated?
Political ads are often full of misinformation that misguide the targeted voter. Therefore, the change in Facebook's policy really doesn't stop the fake ads from airing on Facebook, it just allows people to buy into this fake news to continue to see it allowing themselves to be manipulated.
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