Thursday, October 25, 2018

Facebook’s Political Ad Tool Let Us Buy Ads “Paid For” By ISIS

If each and every ad had to be manually approved by a human, this wouldn't be an issue. Seriously, if we held Facebook accountable for every time stuff like this happened, the company would know there would be consequences for lazy corner-cutting crap that leads to stuff like this.

But when VICE News placed ads on behalf of prominent political figures such as Vice President Mike Pence, and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez, Facebook quickly approved them. We also tried submitting an ad on behalf of “Islamic State,” which was also approved by Facebook. We were able to get Facebook’s approval for political ads that included these names within the Paid For disclosure.