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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by viton on Thu 2nd Nov 2017 07:44 UTC
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>> illegal in, say, US for foreign entities to donate or spend money on candidates
Obviously this rule doesn’t apply to Clinton.

To receive a money “for charity” from medieval tyranny regime is so “liberal”.
US is fine with Saudi regime killing gays, ignoring women rights, supporting ISIS and all forms of islamic terrorism (including attacks of USA). Money don’t smell with blood.

Obama was not only pleased with destruction of Yemen, he is actively supported the slaughtering of this beautiful country. People in Yemen are dying from huge epidemies, lack of food and water and from american bombs.

But US is earning a lot of money on this war.

Edited 2017-11-02 07:54 UTC

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