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Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads

Facebook’s advertising platform was not built to help social media users understand who was targeting them with messages, or why. It is an extremely powerful system, which lets advertisers target specific users according to a detailed range of attributes. For example, in 2017, there were 3,100 people in Facebook’s database who lived in Idaho, were in long-distance relationships and were thinking about buying a minivan.

GUYANA | APNU+AFC wants Facebook to block PPP political ads calculated to rig elections

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, (Demerara Waves) - May 13, 2019 - Fearing that the opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has hired an American firm to post customised messages to Guyanese Facebook users’ accounts, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan has announced that the governing APNU+AFC coalition would ask that social media giant to block such messages that are calculated to rig Guyana’s next general election.

Facebook ordered by Germany to gather less data

Facebook is again under fire for collecting data without the permission of its users. This time, the objection has come from Germany's competition authority, the Federal Cartel Office (FCO), which has told Facebook, it can only continue gathering so much data about users from beyond its app and website, if it gets individuals' explicit consent.

Facebook referred to EU watchdog over targeting, fake ads

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s information watchdog has asked Facebook’s lead European regulator to investigate how the company targets, monitors and shows adverts to users, saying it was concerned about some practices at the world’s biggest social network.
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