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Jeremy B. Merrill / ProPublica:
Investigation finds that 12 Facebook campaigns masked sponsorship of political issue ads, exposing a gap in enforcement of Facebook's disclosure policy   —  A Facebook ad in October urged political conservatives to support the Trump administration's rollback of fuel emission standards …
Nov 1, 2018, 7:55 PMIn context
ProPublica:
Investigation: 15 employers, including Uber, have advertised jobs on Facebook exclusively to one sex in the past year, with many ads playing to stereotypes   —  Hundreds of thousands of Americans drive for Uber.  And the company is looking for many more.  It runs ads on Facebook that say, for example: “Driving toward something?
Sep 18, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Lilia Chang / ProPublica:
Experts say students at a Defcon event didn't hack “exact clones” of state election reporting websites; event co-organizer says critics are missing the point   —  Headlines from Def Con, a hacking conference held this month in Las Vegas, might have left some thinking …
Aug 27, 2018, 2:25 AMIn context
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
Investigation: the health insurance industry is working with data brokers to collect “lifestyle” details on hundreds of millions of Americans to predict costs   —  To an outsider, the fancy booths at last month's health insurance industry gathering in San Diego aren't very compelling.
Jul 18, 2018, 7:15 PMIn context
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / ProPublica:
After FEC clarification in December that big political ads on Facebook require disclaimers, review of 300+ ads finds fewer than 40 complied with new rules   —  The Federal Election Commission said in December that big political ads on the social network need disclaimers.
Feb 17, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context
ProPublica:
Study shows Facebook's hate speech rules are unevenly enforced, with the company agreeing its censors made mistakes on 22 of 49 posts submitted for explanation   —  We asked Facebook about its handling of 49 posts that might be deemed offensive.  The company acknowledged that its content reviewers had made the wrong call on 22 of them.
Jan 1, 2018, 5:23 PMIn context
ProPublica:
Ads for housing that exclude demographics are still being approved by Facebook, a year after a study highlighted the illegal discriminatory practice on Facebook   —  After ProPublica revealed last year that Facebook advertisers could target housing ads to whites only, the company announced …
Nov 21, 2017, 2:03 PMIn context
Julia Angwin / ProPublica:
How three ProPublica reporters were attacked with Twitter bots and “email bombs” that forced the closure of reporters' email accounts   —  It was 10 a.m. on a hot, humid Tuesday in August when I decided I could finally relax.  After a frantic weekend of finishing a big story …
Nov 12, 2017, 11:25 PMIn context
Lauren Kirchner / ProPublica:
Federal judge unseals source code for disputed DNA analysis software developed by New York City's crime lab after motion by ProPublica   —  A federal judge this week unsealed the source code for a software program developed by New York City's crime lab, exposing to public scrutiny a disputed technique for analyzing complex DNA evidence.
Oct 21, 2017, 10:45 AMIn context
ProPublica:
Facebook let ad buyers target users interested in algorithmically generated anti-Semitic topics like “Jew hater”, then removed some topics after being contacted   —  Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally?  Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you.
Sep 14, 2017, 4:55 PMIn context

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