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Today was a milestone in the story of Facebook and democracy, as a bipartisan group of senators intro
October 19 · Issue #9 · View online
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Today was a milestone in the story of Facebook and democracy, as a bipartisan group of senators introduced legislation intended to regulate its unpredictable effect on US elections. Speaking to reporters in Washington, Democratic Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner made the case for new regulations on paid political advertising on giant tech platforms.
Tony Romm at Recode gives us the gist:
For campaigns that seek to spend more than $500 on total political ads, tech and ad platforms would have to make new data about the ads available for public viewing. That includes copies of ads, as well as information about the organizations that purchased it, the audiences the ads might have targeted and how much they cost.
The new online ad disclosure rules would cover everything from promoted tweets and sponsored content to search and display advertising. And it includes ads on behalf of a candidate as well as those focused on legislative issues of national importance, according to a copy of the bill.
During the introduction of the bill, which was live-streamed on YouTube and on Facebook, the senators said that the provisions largely mirrored existing regulations for political advertising. 
But the bill faces an uphill battle. Despite support from Republican Sen. John McCain, who co-sponsored the legislation, there are as yet no other Republicans backing the measure. And the president seems rather … un-inclined to support it. Still, as you’ll see below, tech company lobbyists are scrambling the jets. It appears that the bill calls for a level of transparency they’re uncomfortable with — and you can expect them to fight for changes, at the very least. 
In the meantime, they’re sending me anodyne statements about their support for transparency.
Twitter: “We look forward to engaging with Congress and the FEC on these issues.”
Google: “We support efforts to improve transparency, enhance disclosures, and reduce foreign abuse. We’re evaluating steps we can take on our own platforms and will work closely with lawmakers, the FEC, and the industry to explore the best solutions.”
Facebook vice president of US public policy Erin Egan: “We stand with lawmakers in their effort to achieve transparency in political advertising. We have already announced the steps Facebook will take on our own and we look forward to continuing the conversation with lawmakers as we work toward a legislative solution.” 
On to the links.

Facebook's General Counsel to Testify to Congress in Russia Probe
Senators Demand Online Ad Disclosures as Tech Lobby Mobilizes
George W. Bush has thoughts on fake news
Facebook Wants To Help Secure The Next Canadian Federal Election
Trump Campaign Staffers Pushed Russian Propaganda Days Before the Election
Everyone’s Mad at Google and Sundar Pichai Has to Fix It
In Italian Schools, Reading, Writing and Recognizing Fake News
Congress's New Bill Can't Eliminate Russian Influence Online
When the Revolution Came for Amy Cuddy
How Fake News Led President Trump To Believe ‘Semi-Charmed Life’ Was By Matchbox 20
Twitter announces new steps to reduce abuse
Facebook and Apple can’t agree on terms, so Facebook’s subscription tool will only launch on Android phones
Facebook Messenger lets games monetize with purchases and ads
Tech giants studying artificial intelligence are enlisting an Obama veteran as their new leader
Twitter Tested, And Scrapped, An Algorithm That Filled Timelines With Very Old Tweets
And finally
Moscow company sells Instagram photo shoots on grounded private jets
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