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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Facebook Allowed Questionable Ads In German Election Despite Warnings

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.


On Sept. 15, nine days before the elections in Germany, the Green party complained to Facebook about a popular series of attack ads deriding its stances on gender-neutral bathrooms, electric cars and other topics. The party accused the advertiser, Greenwatch, of providing false contact information on its Facebook page and blog, which would violate a German Media Authority regulation requiring accurate contact information.

But Facebook didn’t take down the ads or trace their origins. And after the election, Greenwatch disappeared.…

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