Fake news. Foreign election interference. Dark money propaganda. This and more served as a catalyst for Facebook's push for more transparency around political advertising on its platform. But its efforts to be more open are flawed, and the consequences are already becoming apparent.
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It's becoming clear that online companies can do some of the hard things they have fought against tooth and nail - they just have to be forced to do it, although they apparently won't prepare ahead of time. Case in point: Google has paused the sale of political ads in Washington state while it gets itself in line with regulations that went into effect today. Better late than never?
US Democrats in the House and Senate are pushing the Federal Election Commission to develop new rules governing political advertising on social media after Facebook revealed that Russian trolls routinely purchased ads on its platform during the 2016 election cycle.