Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Nov 2017 23:31 UTC

Top officials from Facebook, Google, and Twitter told a congressional panel Tuesday that their platforms hosted a disinformation campaign carried out over their networks by Russian state actors. The propaganda centered on the presidential election, immigration, gun rights, gay rights, and racial issues, the companies said. None of the three organizations said they supported proposed legislation requiring them to disclose who is buying political advertisements on their platforms, although these Web companies promised more public transparency about who is buying ads on their networks.

All political spending must be disclosed in some form or another in most countries, so I see no reason why ad spending on Facebook or Twitter should be any different. I also like the idea to make it illegal - or impossible - for foreign entities to buy ad space for political content; as in, a French entity would not be able to buy political ads in The Netherlands. It's already illegal in, say, the US for foreign entities to donate or spend money on candidates, so there's definitely precedent.

The real issue, however, is that it might be hard, though, to define what is a political ad, and what isn't.

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Hearings on what exactly?
by missingxtension on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 03:19 UTC
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I was watching them live and it doesn't seem like the problem is the platforms themselves. Sure you can regulate and should, but the feds knew this was going on. They knew very early on in the election that the Russians were engaged in this political theatrics. For God's sake, they were able to infiltrate Iran h a USB stick. The spooks could have easily stopped it at its tracks. Who kept their mouth shut!? Oyeah Obama and the fbi and everyone, trump knew it. That's why he asked for help. Now they wanna squeeze every little drop from the liberal silicon valley. This is all political, nothing is about the tech.
Hold your damn selves accountable, accept trump is a sham and get him out. He does not represent the American people, he represents the Russian propaganda machine.

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