Some political groups on the left are borrowing a tactic from disinformation campaigns, placing ads on Facebook that pretend to be impartial information or unbiased news sources, when in fact the ads spread misleading facts about candidates. One ad, taken out by a group called “The Voter Awareness Project,” reopens old wounds between President Donald Trump and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, implying that Trump is at odds with Cruz even as the president stumped for the senator last week near the end of Cruz’s surprisingly close re-election bid against Democrat Beto O’Rourke. "Trump’s trying to drain the swamp of do-nothing politicians. Trump says Lyin' Ted Cruz has accomplished nothing for Texas, and he’s right,” the ad reads, referring to a 2016 tweet from when Trump was a candidate. But Trump and Cruz have since buried the hatchet. Trump has been endorsing Cruz for re-election since February. He recently said, “He’s not Lyin’ Ted … [Read more...] about Groups with neutral-sounding names launch Facebook ads against Texas Republicans
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By Casey Tolan | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: July 20, 2018 at 9:00 am | UPDATED: July 20, 2018 at 9:01 am Sen. Kamala Harris is spending more money on Facebook ads than any other U.S. Senator or potential Democratic presidential candidate, helping her grow a digital presence that would be a big asset if she decides to run for the White House. Over a two-month snapshot from early May through early July, Harris’ ads on Facebook have been viewed at least 7.8 million times, and her campaign has spent at least $134,500 on the platform, according to data from a recent New York University study provided to the Bay Area News Group. That’s a larger sum than any U.S. politician other than President Trump and Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who’s running for Senate. The largess has helped massively expand Harris’ donor base, transforming her from a more traditional Hillary Clinton-like politician raising large chunks of money … [Read more...] about Kamala Harris leads potential 2020 Democratic contenders in Facebook ad spending
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Advertisement Supported by ByKevin Roose July 3, 2018 Even before President Trump’s new Supreme Court nominee is announced, a fight over the choice is raging on social media. In the days since Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said he would retire, partisan groups have turned to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks with political ads. Some of the ads urge voters to pressure their senators to block or speed the confirmation process for Mr. Trump’s eventual nominee. Others oppose allowing specific jurists to fill the vacant seat. Judicial Crisis Network, an organization that promotes conservative judicial nominees, announced last week that it would spend more than $1 million to support Mr. Trump’s nominee. So far, the group has spent as much as $140,000 on a series of nearly two dozen Facebook ads. Many of the Facebook ads … [Read more...] about Facebook Ads Offer Peek at Looming Supreme Court Fight
If you want to tailor a Facebook ad to a single user out of its universe of 2.2 billion, you could. Trying to pitch your boutique bed and breakfast to a 44-year-old “trendy mom” who lives in Seattle, leans conservative and is currently traveling in the Toronto area but hasn’t booked a hotel for the night yet? Go right ahead. Interested in mail-ordering pet treats to a 32-year-old cat owner in Madison, Wisconsin who enjoys Japanese food, doesn’t like pizza and has an anniversary coming up in the next two months? Not a problem. Targeting ads, it turns out, is almost infinitely customizable — sometimes in surprising ways. The ads you might see can be tailored to you down to the most granular details — not just where you live and what websites you visited recently, but whether you’ve gotten engaged in the past six months, are interested in organic food or share characteristics with people who have recently bought a BMW, even if you’ve never … [Read more...] about How Facebook ads target you
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged that his company’s lax attention hurt user privacy. But as the 33-year-old founder told Congress, the onus is still on users to protect their personal data. The eerie feeling that a corporation can track your every digital move — and share it — has finally, maybe, awakened consumers that their likes, tweets and other posts are being viewed and gathered by strangers. Of course, this hasn’t been a secret. It has long haunted privacy advocates, well before the recent #DeleteFacebook movement. And Zuckerberg’s revelations this week were even more astounding, including that Facebook collects data on people who don’t use Facebook and the company doesn’t know whether other companies abused user data as Cambridge Analytica did. “Consumers are realizing that Facebook is really monetizing them and really isn’t here to protect their data,” said Robb Reck, the chief information … [Read more...] about Facebook’s data privacy fiasco has trickled down to Colorado companies who use the ad-based service. Now what?