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The Interface - Issue #8

Here's where growing unease over Facebook's role in democracy starts turning into policy. On Thursday
October 18 · Issue #8 · View online
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Here’s where growing unease over Facebook’s role in democracy starts turning into policy. On Thursday, Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) and Mark R. Warner (Va.) plan to introduce legislation that would require additional disclosures for political advertising on platforms like Facebook, according to the Washington Post.
The bill would require digital platforms with more than 1 million users to create a public database of all “electioneering communications” purchased by a person or group who spends more than $10,000 on political ads online. In addition to storing a digital copy of the ad, the database would include a description of the targeted audience, the ad’s view count, the date and time the ad ran, its price, and contract information for the purchaser.
The measure would create a reporting system similar to the one required of television stations by the Federal Communications Commission, which collects public information about political ads aired on TV and the names of the groups that sponsor them.
Facebook has already pledged to create a database of ads that anyone can peruse. Requiring them to post the price and the target audience represent a radically larger ask, and it’s one I expect Facebook to fight. Still, it’s the kind of information that academics and regulators have been seeking so as to better understand foreign meddling in US elections — both in 2016 and in the future.
You can watch the legislation be introduced Thursday at 12:40 p.m. at this livestream link.
And speaking of links! 

Facebook Allowed Questionable Ads in German Election
These Americans Were Tricked Into Working For Russia. They Say They Had No Idea.
Facebook admits Russia agents used Messenger to disrupt U.S. presidential election
Hillary Clinton is not satisfied with Facebook's Russian ads explanation
How Facebook’s Ad System Works
Facebook and Google Helped Anti-Refugee Campaign in Swing States
The pivot to video
Facebook, news publishers, and the ‘demand’ for video
Facebook is remaking the viral Norwegian teen drama Skam
Facebook officially rolls out its discovery-focused ‘Explore Feed’
WhatsApp now lets you share your location in real time
Me Too and the Problem with Viral Outrage
Fun project: Luke Wroblewski is rounding up every variation of Facebook’s current mobile nav bar. There are more than 50 being tested at the moment. I currently have the four-icon nav bar that includes Marketplace, which I would rather swap out for literally any other tab in the Facebook universe. 
Twitter to share its product roadmap for dealing with abuse
People Are Hella Mad About Twitter's Old-Tweet-Loving Algorithm
And finally
Snap is selling an $80 dancing hot dog costume
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