Commit d60b5291 authored by Laura Kalbag's avatar Laura Kalbag
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title: "I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us."
date: 2019-11-05T17:47:04Z
type: ["lens"]
tags: ["Facebook", "business models", "democracy"]
categories: ["Laura’s Lens"]
body_classes: "lens"
postURL: "https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2019/11/04/i-worked-political-ads-facebook-they-profit-by-manipulating-us/"
publication: "The Washington Post"
writer: "Yaël Eisenstat"
image: "image.jpg"
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>“[T]rue transparency would include information about the tools that differentiate advertising on Facebook from traditional print and television, and in fact make it more dangerous: Can I see if a political advertiser used the custom audience tool, and if so, if my email address was uploaded? Can I see what look-alike audience advertisers are seeking? Can I see a true, verified name of the advertiser in the disclaimer? Can I see if and how your algorithms amplified the ad? If not, the claim that Facebook is simply providing a level playing field for free expression is a myth.
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>Free political speech is core to our democratic principles, and it’s true that social media companies should not be the arbiters of truth. But the only way Facebook or other companies that use our behavioral data to potentially manipulate us through targeted advertising can prevent abuse of their platform to harm our electoral process is to end their most egregious targeting and amplification practices and provide real transparency.
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>We need lawmakers and regulators to help protect our children, our cognitive capabilities, our public square and our democracy by creating guardrails and rules to deal directly with the incentives and business models of these platforms and the societal harms they are causing.”
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