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Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:14 AM

 

Facebook's Election Rules Are No Match for Bloomberg's Billions

Over the past four years, Facebook has made a big show of demonstrating how much it cares about democracy and how much it’s doing to combat election interference or fake news. It has assembled “war rooms” and published white papers. It has hired thousands of content moderators (as in, they’re looking at content; they’re actually miserable). And the company is constantly reminding people that it’s spending more on security now than the total of its revenue at the beginning of the decade. Big numbers! Facebook cares!

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Over the past couple of weeks, candidate Mike Bloomberg has rolled out an aggressive program of buying endorsements on social media. He isn’t just asking celebrities and other mayors (of smaller cities) for their backing or posting weird tweets: Last week, a number of popular Instagram accounts with tens of millions of followers rolled out jokey sponcon for the former New York City mayor. Today, The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Bloomberg’s campaign will go one step further by paying regular social-media users to post about the candidate on the platforms.

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That’s more than $1.25 million Bloomberg is spending just to kinda shotgun his name all over social media and into group chats. This comes in addition to a reported program for “microinfluencers,” i.e., people with small follower counts, whom Bloomberg would pay $150 in exchange for their support. That’s a lot for any campaign, but it’s nothing for the former mayor, who seems more than willing to throw money at the wall and see what sticks.

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Bloomberg has managed to exploit loopholes and vagueness in various Facebook policies. That Facebook’s rules for political ads and fact-checking are clearly toothless and that Facebook doesn’t recognize how Bloomberg’s strategy may run afoul of its current rules on coordinated inauthentic behavior make it clear that Facebook’s policies are not robust. Or maybe Facebook is just willing to bend the rules for certain clients — like, I dunno, a billionaire named Mike who’s spending exponentially more on Facebook ads than any other Democratic candidate is.


https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/02/facebooks-election-rules-are-no-match-for-bloombergs-money.html

Will Faceboook enforce their established rules to reign in or regulate campaign activity on their platforms? Probably not when looking at the sheer amount of money involved.
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Devil Child Feb 2020 OP
MisterFred Feb 2020 #1
Devil Child Feb 2020 #2
MisterFred Feb 2020 #4
Devil Child Feb 2020 #5
Jersey Devil Feb 2020 #3
Devil Child Feb 2020 #6

Response to Devil Child (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:29 AM

1. WTF?

 

Facebook's rules are designed to make it easy to lie. Don't spread some Zuckerberg propaganda about Facebook actually giving a shit about democracy. It doesn't give a shit.
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Response to MisterFred (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:40 AM

2. The OP-ED is highly critical of Facebook not actually giving a shit about democracy

 

Including how it does nothing but talk and has no action, especially when enriching itself off the massive ad-buys of certain campaigns. I suggest you read it as it is far from "Zuckerberg propaganda."
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Response to Devil Child (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:51 AM

4. your OP wasn't

 

Please don't write a misleading OP next time.
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Response to MisterFred (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:56 AM

5. Hmmm, we're gonna have to agree to disagree as I have no love for Facebook and the OP is clear

 

Headline is presented exactly as it was published. Methinks there maybe something else going on with how you perceived it but alas can't make everyone happy round here. Happy Weeekend to you MisterFred!



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Response to Devil Child (Original post)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:42 AM

3. Facebook doesn't police anything

 

A bunch of servers in someone's garage can (and does) post all kinds of baloney with no problems. You don't need millions to do it
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Response to Jersey Devil (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 22, 2020, 10:58 AM

6. No they don't, and they sure as hell won't when looking at the sheer volume of ad buys involved

 

The influx of money will ensure minimal enforcement or already minimally enforced policy.
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