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Fri Sep 15, 2017, 04:46 PM

Facebook Responds To Critical Article....

by Pro Publica. So, if you ever doubt that a free independent press has value....it still doesn't address some of the fundamental issues that targeted advertising, information collection and other aspects of Facebook's business model creates for our society or the electoral process, but it's nice to see that they can be responsive to some criticism.....

Facebook Moves to Prevent Advertisers From Targeting Haters


In the wake of ProPublica’s report Thursday that Facebook advertisers could have directed pitches to almost 2,300 people interested in “Jew hater” and other anti-Semitic topics, the world’s largest social network said it would no longer allow advertisers to target groups identified by self-reported information.

“As people fill in their education or employer on their profile, we have found a small percentage of people who have entered offensive responses,” the company said in a statement. “…We are removing these self-reported targeting fields until we have the right processes in place to prevent this issue.”

Facebook had already removed the anti-Semitic categories — which also included “How to burn jews” and “History of ‘why jews ruin the world’” — after we asked the company about them earlier this week. Then, after our article was published, Slate reported that Facebook advertisers could target people interested in other topics such as “Kill Muslim Radicals” and “Ku-Klux-Klan.” Facebook’s algorithm automatically transforms people’s self-reported interests, employers and fields of study into advertising categories.

Because audiences in the hateful categories were “incredibly low,” the ad campaigns targeting them reached “an extremely small number of people,” Facebook said. Its statement didn’t identify the advertisers. Conceivably, those who might find it helpful to target anti-Semites could range from recruiters for far-right groups to marketers of Nazi memorabilia.


Read the rest here: https://www.propublica.org/article/facebook-moves-to-prevent-advertisers-from-targeting-haters

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