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.…