The Trolls Are Coming From Inside the House [The Interface]

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Yesterday, at an Intelligence Committee hearing, Sen. Mark Warner decried Facebook's use by Russian t
 

The Interface

November 2 · Issue #19 · View online
An evening newsletter about Facebook, social networks, and democracy.

Yesterday, at an Intelligence Committee hearing, Sen. Mark Warner decried Facebook’s use by Russian trolls during the 2016 election. Today, he and Honest Ads Act co-sponsor Amy Klobuchar decided to do a little trolling themselves. 
As Axios reports, the duo created a fictional political organization called Americans for Disclosure Solutions and used Facebook ad targeting tools to serve it to thousands of journalists and Capitol Hill staffers. “For just $20,” aides told Axios, “Warner and Klobuchar reached 1,369 self-identified Hill staffers in under 24 hours.”
If what they say is true … Facebook might be a very good ad platform! The point seems to be that advertising on Facebook may not be what it appears, though Facebook has more or less admittedly this already. And if the trolling was designed to get more people to support the Honest Ads Act, which would create new disclosure requirements for political ads online, we’ve still yet to hear from a Republican senator other than John McCain who says he’ll support it.
In any case, welcome to our new, troll-based politics, and may God continue to bless the United States of America.
Links! 

Democracy
Facebook Blocked Account Of Exiled Billionaire In NYC After China Complaint
Russia Investigation Has Tech Giants Shying From ‘Social’ Label
ReplyAll #109: Is Facebook Spying on You?
More in U.S. getting news from multiple social media sites
Apple CEO Tim Cook says social media is being used to manipulate and divide us
Can Germany Fix Facebook?
Takes
Facebook Doesn't Deserve Blame for Russian Interference
Facebook’s Earnings, Facebook’s Strategy Credit (and Apple’s), Facebook and the Future
Facebook, Take Note: In China’s ‘New Era,’ the Communist Party Comes First
How Can We Stop Fake News? Twitter Moments May Have The Answer.
Elsewhere
Donald Trump’s Twitter account disappeared for five beautiful minutes
How Facebook generated $709 Million from adblock users
And finally ...
Buyer Beware: Looted Antiquities Flood Online Sites Like Amazon, Facebook
Talk to me
Questions? Comments? Corrections? Stolen antiquities for sale? casey@theverge.com 
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