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Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

Woman accused after posting ads costing £17,000 on Facebook attacking Labour

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A corporate lobbyist running Facebook ads attacking Labour's housing policy has been accused of misrepresenting two of the UK's biggest estate agents.Jennifer Rebecca Powers has spent £17,094 on ads during the election campaign from the Facebook page Right to Rent, Right to Buy, Right to Own. The ads, which have been seen between 1.6 and 1.9 million times, attack Labour's housing policy, saying "landlords will lose their livelihood overnight" and questioning whether a Labour government would "seize your property".To support her claims, Ms Powers added quotes to her website from two of Britain's largest estate agents, Savills and Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL).When contacted by Sky News, both companies said their views had been misrepresented.
‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

‘Hitler would have been allowed to post ads on Facebook’ – Baron Cohen

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Hitler would have been allowed to advertise his "solution to the Jewish problem" had Facebook been around in the 1930s, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has said in a scathing attack on social media companies.Describing social media as the "greatest propaganda machine in history", the Ali G actor said: "If you pay them, Facebook will run any 'political' ad you want, even if it's a lie. And they'll even help you micro-target those lies to their users for maximum effect. "Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his 'solution' to the 'Jewish problem'."So here's a good standard and practice. Facebook, start fact-checking political ads, stop before you run them, stop micro-targeting lies immediately. If they prove to be...
Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

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Former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser, recognisable to many as the unlikely star of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, has appeared at Web Summit in Lisbon.The documentary followed the self-styled whistleblower as she testified to the UK parliament about what she knew when she worked at the firm as a business development manager.Now with a book out, she has reinvented herself as a data privacy guru aiming to educate youngsters about disinformation, and planning to put data back into the hands of users via blockchain technology.The Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in 2016 when it emerged that the data of up to 87 million Facebook users had been harvested via a personality quiz - and it's never been exactly clea...
Former Tory minister is funding ads attacking Corbyn on Facebook

Former Tory minister is funding ads attacking Corbyn on Facebook

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A former Conservative minister is funding Facebook adverts attacking Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party for their policies regarding private schools.The ads are not obviously connected to the Conservative Party and appear as part of a recently created Facebook group called Parent's Choice, which has no website and was only founded on 11 October. Richard Patrick Tracey, who served as a minister for sport under Margaret Thatcher, told Sky News he was running the "defence ads" as an individual and not as part of the Convervative Party. ...
Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

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Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine imposed by the UK's data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.It had originally appealed the penalty, causing the Information Commissioner's Office to pursue its own counter-appeal.As part of the agreement, Facebook has made no admission of liability.The US firm said it "wished it had done more to investigate Cambridge Analytica" earlier.James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the ICO said: "The ICO's main concern was that UK citizen data was exposed to a serious risk of harm. Protection of personal information and personal privacy is of fundamental importance, not only for the rights of individuals, but also as we now know, for the preservation of a