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Facebook to check Indian political ads in build-up to vote

A Facebook logo is pictured at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany September 16, 2017. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski NEW DELHI/BENGALURU (Reuters) – Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebook will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuse of the system in the build-up to national elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook Inc – under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal – said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, show a disclaimer on all political ads giving…

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News Daily: TV betting ads ban and mental health law review

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign up here ‘Whistle-to-whistle’ Image copyright Bet365 Britain’s biggest gambling companies have agreed to stop showing television adverts during live sports broadcasts. The “whistle-to-whistle” ban will include any event that starts prior to the 9pm watershed but ends after that time, and covers firms like Bet365, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power. Political pressure on the industry has been growing due to fears that ads contribute to the rise in problem and under-age gambling – some addicts like Matt, who spoke to the…

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Google finally cleans up its Esta ads after eight years

Image copyright USAEstaService Image caption Google removed an ad for this official-looking website Google has finally managed to stop ads for expensive unofficial Esta services appearing at the top of search results, eight years after the first complaints. In 2010, the US started charging UK travellers to use the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta). Unofficial sites charging five times as much as the US government soon flooded the top of Google’s search results, despite breaking Google’s ad rules. Now, after a BBC News investigation, Google says it has tackled…

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Hats, jewellery, coffee: The odd ads popping up on Facebook’s ‘political’ list

Image copyright Facebook Image caption At least 26 commercial adverts – like this one for a line of hats – have been spotted in Facebook’s library for political ads Dozens of adverts for hats, jewellery, clothing and other things with no apparent political message whatsoever have been added to Facebook’s new library of UK political ads. Last month, Facebook announced the creation of a database that lists UK political adverts on the platform along with the names of the people who paid for them. At the moment, inclusion in the…

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Google reveals new policy for election ads ahead of EU vote: Bloomberg

An illuminated Google logo is seen inside an office building in Zurich September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Arnd WIegmann (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google said it will roll out new policies in Europe to provide more transparency around political ads, ahead of European Union elections in the spring, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing a blog post. According to the report, Google said it would require advertisers to submit an application and receive verification before they can pay for political ads. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The European…

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Facebook ads urge its staff to leak secrets

Image copyright Getty Images/BBC A campaign group advocating the break-up of Facebook has subverted the social network’s advertising tools to tempt its employees into leaking information. Freedom from Facebook says it targeted ads at the technology company’s staff, promoting a “safe space” website where they can anonymously submit “whistleblower tips”. Facebook declined to comment. But the BBC understands it is not blocking the ads nor keeping a special log of who has viewed them. The stunt comes a week after the New York Times revealed that a public-relations company used…

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Facebook referred to EU watchdog over targeting, fake ads

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s information watchdog has referred Facebook to the lead regulator under Europe’s data regime to look at how the social network targets, monitors and shows adverts to its users. A Facebook sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 5, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song Britain’s Information Commissioner had been investigating the use of data analytics to influence politics after consultancy Cambridge Analytica obtained the personal data of 87 million Facebook users from a researcher. Cambridge…

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Android under-5s apps have ‘unfair and deceptive’ ads

Image copyright Bubadu Image caption Campaigners gave Doctor Kids as an example of a title in which a character cries if players click away from an in-app store Under-fives are being blitzed with app-based ads which are often manipulative, inappropriate or deceptive, according to a coalition of campaign groups. Examples given include a character crying if the child does not pay to unlock part of a game, and an app promoting another title that showed a cartoon of the US president trying to press a “nukes” button. More than 20…

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Ford, Fiat and Nissan ads banned for dangerous driving

Image copyright PA Image caption Ford said its ad used the word “rage” but did not show road rage Three different carmakers have had ads banned for encouraging unsafe driving. Two ads for Ford Mustang cars fell foul of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after viewers complained that they showed driving as a way of releasing anger. The ASA also ruled against a Nissan Micra ad which it said depicted driving at excessive speeds. It also banned an ad showing four Fiat models because, it said, “speed was the main…

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Exxon, Ben & Jerry’s among buyers of $256 million in political ads on Facebook

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s new searchable database of U.S. political ads reveals that companies such as Exxon Mobil Corp, Ben & Jerry’s and Penzeys Spices are cumulatively spending millions of dollars to encourage voting and influence how Americans vote. The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen through two moving buses in Menlo Park, California, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage Little data is typically published on specific companies’ online ad spending, but Facebook’s increased transparency about political activity on its service has opened a trove of details ahead…

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