Monday, March 12, 2018

Honest Ads act could make paid Internet ads conform to rules for broadcast; the ease of radicalizing people with fake news



More threats to free speech abound. Another Wall Street Journal editorial, this time about the Honest Ads Act, bipartisan and sponsored by Mark Warner (D-Va), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John McCain (R-AZ) would impose new disclaimer and notifications for paid political ads on social media.  The name of any American citizen sponsoring the ad would have to be published.

There is also a downstream liability issue for political ads, covered by a 1964 decision New York Times v. Sullivan.

It's good to review the earlier controversy over blogging and campaign finance reform a dozen year ago, here


The WSJ points out that overall Russian spending on social media ads was small compared to overall spending.  Interesting that on Twitter conspiracy theorists seem to have fewer followers and follow fewer people.
  
On P. 6 of the NY Times Sunday review, Dinan Aral (“Gray Matter’) describes “How lies spread online.”
  
On the same page, note Zeynep Tufekci, “You Tube, the Great Radicalizer”. 

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