It’s both funny and terrifying that Facebook didn’t realise its ad system would be cheated

Fakery has been a proud internet tradition for years, why didn’t the social network think it could happen to its ad protections?

We’ve been having what feels like an endless – and often circular – conversation about fake news and online political misinformation since at least 2016.

It’s likely we’ve been facing these problems for far longer than that, but since the extensive reporting on Brexit and the 2016 US election, the effects of fake news, political advertising, micro-targeting and more on social media has dominated the conversation in countries across the world.

Even before it hit...
source: New Statesman

2018-11-08 20:48
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