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Facebook inflated estimates on how many people would see targeted ads, claims lawsuit
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Facebook inflated estimates on how many people would see targeted ads, claims lawsuit

The suit argued that Facebook made a deliberate decision not to remove duplicate or fake accounts from Potential Reach tool metrics.

Facebook critics launch rival ‘oversight board’, say company is taking too long to set up its own panel
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Facebook critics launch rival ‘oversight board’, say company is taking too long to set up its own panel

The critics are warning that Facebook is already being used to undermine the integrity of the US presidential election.

Facebook says platform is ‘open, transparent, non-partisan’ after WSJ report claims content policies favoured BJP
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Facebook says platform is ‘open, transparent, non-partisan’ after WSJ report claims content policies favoured BJP

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT has summoned Facebook on 2 September to discuss the alleged misuse of the platform

Facebook considering banning political ads ahead of US Presidential elections: Report
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Facebook considering banning political ads ahead of US Presidential elections: Report

Reportedly, as of now, the potential ban is only being discussed and has not been finalised.

Facebook says it will now label newsworthy content, activists argue 'new changes don't go nearly far enough'
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Facebook says it will now label newsworthy content, activists argue 'new changes don't go nearly far enough'

Facebook also said it will label all posts and ads about voting with links to authoritative information, including those from politicians.

Magnolia Pictures, Northface, other US companies pull ads from Facebook, Instagram in support of #StopHateForProfit campaign
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Magnolia Pictures, Northface, other US companies pull ads from Facebook, Instagram in support of #StopHateForProfit campaign

The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was started by several US civil rights groups after the death of George Floyd.

Facebook drops plans to roll out adverts in WhatsApp, but will still integrate ads in Status: Report
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Facebook drops plans to roll out adverts in WhatsApp, but will still integrate ads in Status: Report

Facebook hasn't, however, dropped its plan to integrate ads into the Status feature.

Facebook announces that it will remove certain misleading content about the 2020 US census
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Facebook announces that it will remove certain misleading content about the 2020 US census

Facebook would prohibit ads that "portray census participation as useless or meaningless or advise people not to participate in the census."

Facebook under fire as thousands of political ads go missing from archive days ahead of UK elections
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Facebook under fire as thousands of political ads go missing from archive days ahead of UK elections

The problem affected Facebook ads from the ruling Conservative Party, the Brexit Party and the Liberal Democrats.

Google to restrict advertisers from targeting election ads using data like public voter records
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Google to restrict advertisers from targeting election ads using data like public voter records

Google will limit audience targeting for election ads to age, gender and general location at a postal code level.

Sri Lanka presidential polls today: Despite 35 candidates in fray, voters face difficult task of picking 'lesser of two evils'
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Sri Lanka presidential polls today: Despite 35 candidates in fray, voters face difficult task of picking 'lesser of two evils'

Even though there are 35 candidates in the fray for the Sri Lanka presidential election, the election has come down to a race between two candidates — Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Sajith Premadasa

International committee calls for pause on false political ads online
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International committee calls for pause on false political ads online

Zuckerberg has defended this policy, saying that the company does not want to stifle political speech.

Facebook confirms that it will let UK election candidates promote fake news
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Facebook confirms that it will let UK election candidates promote fake news

Facebook has also said that ads from pro-Brexit group like Leave.EU will still be subjected to fact-checking.

Facebook under intense pressure to ban political ads after Twitter announces the ban
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Facebook under intense pressure to ban political ads after Twitter announces the ban

Facebook’s policy is to accept paid political ads from candidates without fact-checking them.

Facebook sued for discriminating on the basis of gender, age for financial service ads
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Facebook sued for discriminating on the basis of gender, age for financial service ads

The complaint was filed seven months after Facebook agreed to overhaul its targeted ad system.

Facebook revenues rise by 28 percent in Q3, monthly users rise to 2.45 billion
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Facebook revenues rise by 28 percent in Q3, monthly users rise to 2.45 billion

Facebook has come under fire over its decision not to fact-check ads run by politicians on the platform.

Facebook announces steps to avoid misinformation ahead of 2020 US election
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Facebook announces steps to avoid misinformation ahead of 2020 US election

Facebook will start labelling state-controlled media on its page and in the site's ad library.

Facebook needs political advertisers to provide more info on who paid for the ad
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Facebook needs political advertisers to provide more info on who paid for the ad

As per Facebook, the advertisers have to show government-issued credentials to demonstrate their legitimacy.

Facebook is trying to make it easier to understand how users are served ads
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Facebook is trying to make it easier to understand how users are served ads

Users can view more detailed targeting across interests and categories that match them with ads.

Facebook pledges to ban ads that discourage voting ahead of 2020 US elections
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Facebook pledges to ban ads that discourage voting ahead of 2020 US elections

Facebook's "don’t vote” policy prohibition will come to effect before the 2020 US elections on 3 November.