Facebook describes ‘arms race’ in the work to interfere with politics
Facebook warns of new political influence, possibly linked to Russia. Ellison Barber has the details.
A wide range of advocates for immigrants and civil rights groups say that Facebook’s definition of political advertising is so wide, that they are being prevented from posting to the site.
A coalition of progressive groups—including CREDO Action, the Center for Popular Democracy and Color of Change—his jaw is Facebook’s new ad-buying policy that requires a social security number, a federal ID and a residential address.
They claim that the advertising policy has a “chilling effect” and limited the voices of undocumented immigrants and other Americans who do not have a government-issued photo ID card.
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“Facebook is the definition of ‘political’ advertising is so wide that issues such as ‘civil rights’ and ‘economy’ and ‘values’ are blocked from posting, and require identification,” the group said in a statement.
Facebook has come under fire for its new political advertisement restrictions.
The tech platform, which has been reeling from Russia’s use of the service, to sow discord and misinformation 2016 during the AMERICAN election campaign and up to the present day, has been criticized by the owners of small companies for wrongly targeting them in its efforts to scrub Facebook fake pages and accounts.
“Facebook is the latest ad policy silences the voice of the Black, immigrant, Muslim, HETEROSEXUAL and other people who have a legitimate criticism of the racist policies of the government,” said Color of Change President Rashad Robinson in a statement. “While we support the strengthening of the surveillance of political ads that seek to misinform the public and suppress the vote, this new policy of the individual impact blows in the face of Facebook’s stated commitment to the black and brown users.”
Fox News reached Facebook for comment on this matter.
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Other coalition members referred to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, in which the data of at least 87 million Facebook users was abused and eventually taken advantage of by a company that works with the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump.
“Facebook already has a terrible reputation of compromising its users’ sensitive information, and the new ad policy to force users to even more personal information, blocking many Latinx people to fully engage in the democratic process through the Facebook platform,” Matt Nelson, director of Presente.org, said in a statement.
The group also points out that Facebook’s ad policies may restrict access for communities tend to not have federal Id’s, such as lower income, the Americans, the formerly incarcerated and young people.
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