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How dark is ‘dark advertising’? We audited Facebook, Google and other platforms to find out

None of the major digital platforms lets the public see what advertising they carry and how it’s targeted, according to a new report.
Elon Musk’s moment of triumph is a moment of uncertainty for the future of one of the world’s leading social media platforms. AP Photo/John Raoux

Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter could make its misinformation problems worse

Twitter, more than other social media platforms, fosters real-time discussion about events as they unfold. That could change now that Musk has gained control of the company.
Examples of ‘bad ads’ found on the web: clickbait articles, potentially unwanted programs, miracle weight loss supplements, gross-out images, and investment pitches. Screenshot by Eric Zeng

Why ‘bad’ ads appear on ‘good’ websites – a computer scientist explains

A combination of volume, technology and financial need has opened the door to sleazy and dangerous advertisements on reputable websites.
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Facebook ads have enabled discrimination based on gender, race and age. We need to know how ‘dark ads’ affect Australians

In one past example, Facebook allowed an ad targeting ‘Jew haters’. A new Australian initiative will collect data on its dubious targeted advertising practices closer to home.
Joe Biden’s basement bookshelf has become a familiar background for his campaign videos. Photo by JoeBiden.com via Getty Images

Amid pandemic, campaigning turns to the internet

For many years, political operatives have been perfecting their use of the internet’s vast array of social media platforms, websites and digital tools.

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