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issie lapowsky @issielapowsky
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A researcher with lots of foresight scraped 5 million political ads on Facebook during 6 weeks before the 2016 election. She found that half of the advertisers had absolutely no federal records or online footprint. Of that half, 1 in 6 were Russian trolls.…
These "suspicious" advertisers predominantly targeted voters in swing states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. She also found that white voters received 87 percent of all immigration ads.…
She found that the advertisers that were not required to file any disclaimers or disclosures with the FEC ran 4 times as many of these divisive ads as advertisers that did have to file with the FEC:…
This research makes a strong case for regulation of digital political ads. Yes, the Russian trolls were running divisive, misleading ads without being detected, lots of other groups we know nothing about…
typo. that last tweet should read "so *were* lots of other groups we know nothing about."
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