Facebook tool let third party buy political ads purporting to be paid for by VP Mike Pence, ISIS

Facebook tool let third party buy political ads purporting to be paid for by VP Mike Pence, ISIS
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[Ed. – Haven’t fixed that “election meddling” problem, I see.]

In May, Facebook added a mandatory “Paid For” disclosure for every ad that relates to politics or what Facebook calls an “issue of national importance.” The idea is to lift the veil on the kind of inflammatory ads placed by anonymous advertisers that plagued Facebook during the 2016 race.

But when VICE News placed ads on behalf of prominent political figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Facebook quickly approved them. We also tried submitting an ad on behalf of “Islamic State,” which was also approved by Facebook. We were able to get Facebook’s approval for political ads that included these names within the Paid For disclosure.

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