Facebook Allowed Questionable Ads in German Election

www.propublica.org

Last month, Mark Zuckerberg said: "We have been working to ensure the integrity of the German elections." In spite of that, ProPublica found what it called "ads of dubious provenance" targeting German's Green Party:

On Sept. 15, nine days before the elections in Germany, the Green party complained to Facebook about a popular series of attack ads deriding its stances on gender-neutral bathrooms, electric cars and other topics. The party accused the advertiser, Greenwatch, of providing false contact information on its Facebook page and blog, which would violate a German Media Authority regulation requiring accurate contact information. 

After the election, the ads were all deleted, with few traces left behind for researchers to study.

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