Facebook will let researchers study its election ad targeting data

  • January 25, 2021
Facebook is attempting to increase transparency around ads that ran in the lead up to November’s US elections. Starting on February 1st, researchers will have access to targeting data on more than 1.3 million social issues, electoral and political ad…

Facebook and Google allegedly cut a deal that reduced ad competition

  • January 17, 2021
The antitrust cases against Facebook and Google might have some additional fuel. The New York Times says it has obtained documents from Texas’ antitrust lawsuit elaborating on a “sweetheart deal” (first mentioned by the Wall Street Journal) Google ga…

Facebook temporarily bans ads for gun accessories and military gear

  • January 16, 2021
Facebook is continuing its crackdown on potential domestic terrorism at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The social network told BuzzFeed News that it was temporarily banning US ads for gun accessories and military gear, such as holsters and…

Telegram channels will start getting ads next year

  • December 23, 2020
Nearly eight years after its initial launch and with almost 500 million users to its name, encrypted chat app Telegram finds itself at an inflection point: it either needs to monetize its platform or find a buyer. In a post over on his Telegram chann…

Texas announces a multi-state antitrust suit against Google

  • December 16, 2020
Texas has kicked off the latest in a slew of legal actions against major tech companies. The state’s attorney general, Ken Paxton, said Texas is filing a “multi-state lawsuit against Google for anti-competitive conduct, exclusionary practices and dec…

Google reportedly plans to ban post-election day political ads

  • September 25, 2020
Google will not run any election-related ads after polls for the US presidential election close on November 3rd, according to Axios. In an email obtained by the publication, the search giant warns advertisers they won’t be able to run ads “referencin…

Facebook will block ads claiming victory ahead of official results

  • September 23, 2020
Contrary to previous reports, a Facebook rep has confirmed that the social media site will not, in fact, allow ads claiming victory for either the Trump or Biden campaigns to run on election night.In a September 3rd blog post, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerb…

TikTok bans ads for fasting apps and weight loss supplements

  • September 23, 2020
TikTok is introducing a new policy that cracks down on ads that “promote a harmful or negative body image.” The app’s new rules ban companies from advertising fasting apps and weight loss supplements. Advertisers also have to adhere to new, tougher r…

Facebook will label ads from politically connected publications

  • August 11, 2020
With the 2020 presidential election coming up, Facebook is introducing a new policy that will require US-based publications connected with political parties, PACs and politicians to disclose their affiliation when they buy political ads.Facebook will…