Facebook advertisements made News Feeds in Georgia more partisan and less useful
When Facebook lifted its ban on political advertisements in Georgia, local News Feeds became drastically more partisan and less helpful, according to research study published on Tuesday by The Markup
Facebook banned US political advertising in the wake of the November 3rd presidential election as part of its wider effort to eliminate election false information. However, the platform partly lifted the restriction on December 16 th, allowing ads particular to the Georgia overflow on January 5th.
To study the impact of those ads, The Markup paid 58 Facebook users in Georgia to offer information on the material that appeared in their News Feeds in the weeks leading up to the runoff election. The resulting information (which is offered on Github) revealed a big change in users’ feeds when Facebook reopened political advertising in Georgia.
When the ban remained in place, many political material on users’ feeds was from wire service like the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, CNN, or The Wall Street Journal Once political ads were restored, that material was overwhelmed by paid political material from Raphael Warnock’s Senate project, VoteGOP, or other political groups.
Especially, The Markup likewise found a specific instance in which Facebook was paid to promote false claims. The report highlights a $25,000 advertisement purchase from incumbent Senator David Perdue claiming his challenger, Jon Ossoff, “is China-bought and would supply our adversaries with simply another method to threaten our nationwide security.”
As a documentary filmmaker, Ossoff got some China-linked payments when 2 of his movies were licensed for broadcast by a partially state-backed TELEVISION station in Hong Kong. However the broadcasts were only a small part of the overall licensing business, and the claim that his campaign is funded or backed by the Chinese federal government has been labeled as false by fact-checkers
The report comes after several reports of demonstrably incorrect advertisements being promoted by Facebook, often receiving promotion even after mediators had gotten rid of an earlier version of the ad.
Facebook has long fought with political ad policies, particularly during the 2016 governmental election when a Russian impact operation effectively promoted multiple projects on the website. Contending platforms like Twitter have prohibited campaign advertisements totally, however Mark Zuckerberg has protected the value of permitting political ads on the platform on free speech premises, informing investors, “I don’t believe it’s ideal for private business to censor political leaders and the news.”
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