The FEC and Facebook

by | Nov 17, 2017

The FEC has been looking for answers as details have become more clear surrounding the case of Russians meddling in the 2016 presidential election via Facebook Advertising.

For quite some time digital advertising platforms such as Facebook had fought for exceptions from the FEC pertaining to the standard advertising disclosure rules associated with the political process. Due to the creative nature of digital advertising Facebook and others sought to provide flexibility to its advertisers through these exceptions.

Among other things (lack of oversight and review to name a couple), these exceptions created an advertising canvas that allowed public or private entities to paint figurative pictures of candidates without claiming on whose behalf they were being displayed.

Facebook and the FEC both agree that more strict regulations should be in place to provide appropriate details to the general public being served these advertisements.


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