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Momentum builds in US for disclaimers on Internet election ads

US regulators on Nov 16 kicked off a process that could result in mandatory disclaimers on election ads that appear on social media, a reaction to anonymous, Russia-linked ads on sites such as Facebook ahead of the 2016 US elections.


Facebook tells US FEC it supports campaign advertising transparency

Facebook Inc says it supports policy measures that promote transparency in online campaign advertising, according to a comment filed with the Federal Election Commission.


Google supports US efforts to disclose buyers of online political ads

Alphabet Inc's Google unit told US election regulators in a letter seen by Reuters on Thursday that it "strongly supports" tightening rules on online political advertising as part of efforts to curtail "foreign abuse and influence" in elections.


Facebook, Twitter brace for new election-ad rules from Congress

After two rocky days in Congress, the social media giants face rising momentum for regulation of political ads to curb Russian election meddling, although some key Republicans remain sceptical and urged the companies to do a better job on their own.


US lawmakers want crackdown on Facebook, Twitter political ads

US lawmakers, alarmed that foreign entities used the Internet to influence last year's election, introduced legislation on Thursday to extend rules governing political advertising.


Facebook fought for years to avoid political ad disclosure rules

Facebook Inc is pledging greater transparency about who’s behind election-related ads online. For years, the company fought to avoid it.


Internet giants, once above the fray, on the defensive in Washington

Internet giants, including Alphabet's Google and Facebook, are moving to compromise on several major policy issues as they adjust to an abrupt shift in the political winds in Washington.


Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of US regulation

Facebook Inc on Sept 21 launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to US lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.


Russian ad buys on Facebook prompt calls to end wild west on web

Social media platforms are capturing a growing share of political advertising in the US and the revelation that Russian interests used Facebook to influence the presidential election are stirring calls for greater transparency.


Silicon Valley’s terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad week – OK, month

From Facebook's advertising and fake-news issues to Google's pay practices and antitrust woes, Silicon Valley's biggest tech companies are feeling the heat lately.