LONDON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – An international “grand committee” of lawmakers called on Thursday for a break in the online micro-targeted political ads containing false or misleading information to the site in question.
FILE PHOTO: A man poses with a magnifying glass in front of a Facebook logo on the screen, in this illustration, in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (bih), December 16, 2015. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration
The committee was formed to investigate the misinformation, gathered in Dublin to hear evidence from Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Alphabet, Inc., Google, and other experts in the field of online harms, hate speech and electoral failure. The meeting was attended by the lawmakers of Australia, Finland, norway, Czech republic, Estonia, Georgia, germany, Singapore, south africa, the united kingdom, and the United States of america.
The committee’s inaugural meeting in London last November recommended that an empty chair in front of Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg, when he declined to be interviewed.
Facebook has been under scrutiny in recent weeks over its decision not to fact-check the ads run by politicians, who are strengthened by arch-rival Twitter announced last month that it was banning all political ads.
Zuckerberg defended the policy, saying that the company does not want to stifle political speech.
Politicians will be able to micro-target voters on social media social media is based on user data, such as location, age, interests, are, as a practice, as critics fear, may amplify the consequences of any incorrect or misleading information in relation to certain groups and to suppress voter turnout.
At a conference in Lisbon on Thursday, the european antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, said: “If it’s in your feed, that’s between you and Facebook and their respective micro-target who we are, and that’s not a democracy any more.”
Facebook said on Thursday in a video shared by the british council, But it wouldn’t have broken the rules on political advertising if it is to run a paid advertisement.
“Advertising by political parties and political candidates are not the subject of our fact-checking the rules,” But We, Facebook’s head of UK Public policy, told reporters in a phone call to explain the company’s policies ahead of the Uk, Dec. 12 of the election.
“What that meant was that it is the Conservative party that is advertising has been the subject of intense public debate and discussion, and it is precisely because the people could see that it was there,” Stimson said.
Facebook partners with global third-party, fact-checking organisations, in order to quell misinformation on the site.
Ahead of the election, which may be in the form of the fate of a Brexit, and some politicians have expressed concerns that the misleading information can be spread quickly on social media.
The british Prime minister, Boris Johnson, the party’s chairman, was forced to defend the allocation of a spoof video clip of a rival y, Labour politician, on Wednesday, overshadowing the launch of the party’s election campaign.
Johnson’s another example of the heavily edited video clip of the Work for the Brexit spokesman, Keir Starmer, on Facebook and Twitter, and an important comment in a recent interview to give the impression that the party did not have an answer for Brexit.
The video was also distributed as a standard item on the Conservatives’ Facebook page, but it is not to be used as a paid advertising platform, according to a new study of Facebook’s Advertising Library, a database was launched to raise political ad, the level of transparency.
Reporting by Alistair Smout London, and Elizabeth and Illustrator in San Francisco; additional reporting by Paul Sandle; Editing by Alexandra Hudson and Richard Chang