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Digital Politics
Digital Politics

How Facebook and Google Win By Embedding in Political Campaigns

A new report from the Campaign for Accountability details the questionable role of internet platforms in election races.
Sarah Emerson
2 days ago
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Google AdSense Banned a Random Web Page About a 32-Year-Old Bill Because It Was About Sexual Abuse

A page about a 1986 porn bill got demonetized shows how algorithms can’t be expected to make judgement calls.
Samantha Cole
7.6.18
YouTube
YouTube

YouTube Is Serving Ads for Hardcore Porn on Trending Videos

The YouTube auto-playing ads lead to a site that shows explicit sex.
Jason Koebler
4.10.18
Facebook
Facebook

Facebook Is Being Sued for Discriminatory Ad Targeting

Housing groups say they were able to create ads that discriminated against mothers, the disabled, and minorities.
Jordan Pearson
3.27.18
Under the Influence
Under the Influence

Take This Test to See How Gullible You Are

In the era of fake news and questions of election interference, these researchers wanted to find out if a person’s susceptibility to persuasion could be quantified.
Daniel Oberhaus
3.19.18
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SURVEILLANCE

Cambridge Analytica's Ad Targeting Is the Reason Facebook Exists

Thousands of third party apps were designed solely to obtain and sell your data. It's no surprise that the data ended up being used again on Facebook, one of the biggest advertising platforms on Earth.
Jason Koebler
3.19.18
Banhammer
Banhammer

Reddit Has Been Quietly Banning Cryptocurrency Ads Since 2016

Google, Facebook, and Reddit have now all banned cryptocurrency and ICO advertising on their platforms.
Jordan Pearson
3.14.18
trip to oregon
trip to oregon

Oregon Wants You to Believe the State Is a Studio Ghibli Film

A creative tourism ad turns Oregon into a Hayao Miyazaki anime film.
Samantha Cole
3.13.18
Art
Art

Man Paints Priceless Piece of Art White, Covers it With Neon Green Dick

Nikolas Bentel pulled off his controversial critique of the art world, and is selling it for double the commercial value.
Samantha Cole
3.2.18
bottled water
bottled water

We Keep Buying Bottled Water Because We Fear Death

Ads for bottled water make it seem safer and purer than normal tap water, researchers say.
Stephen Leahy
2.2.18
Facebook
Facebook

Facebook Just Banned All Cryptocurrency Advertising

Facebook banned ads for "financial products and services that are frequently associated with misleading or deceptive promotional practices."
Jordan Pearson
1.30.18
Art
Art

This Guy Is Covering a $10,000 Painting With Advertising

You, too, can buy ad space on a signed Robert Rauschenberg art piece.
Samantha Cole
1.9.18