US Senators Single Out Russia In Push Against Anonymous Online Political Ads

US Senators Single Out Russia In Push Against Anonymous Online Political Ads

US Senators Single Out Russia In Push Against Anonymous Online Political Ads

On October 19, Facebook and Twitter said they would send their general counsels to testify on November 1 before two Congressional panels investigating Russian meddling.

Under the "Honest Ads Act" introduced Thursday afternoon by Senators John McCain, Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar, all digital platforms would be required to disclose information about who paid for political ads on their platform and try to prevent foreign actors from buying the ads. The legislation also has support from Republican Sen.

In an interview on MSNBC, Klobuchar said that the Russian-purchased ads are a national security issue, and while the new bill would not forbid companies from selling ads to foreign groups, Klobuchar said that "Americans must be able to know who is paying for these ads".

Democratic senators on Thursday announced legislation co-sponsored by Sen.

It remains unclear how exactly the bill will account for the unique challenges of regulating online ads, versus those broadcast over public airwaves.

The Senate and House intelligence committees are two of the main congressional panels probing allegations that Russian Federation sought to interfere in the USA election to boost Republican President Donald Trump's chances of winning, and possible collusion between Trump associates and Russian Federation. (At time of writing, Gizmodo had not reviewed a copy of the bill's language.) Moreover, much of the Russian propaganda identified in recent weeks-widely attributed to a St. Petersburg-based troll farm loyal to the Kremlin-did not take the shape of traditional campaign ads ostensibly covered under such laws.

Facebook revealed in early September that fake accounts and pages linked to the Russian government spent approximately $100,000 on political ads during the 2016 presidential race. You can thank them for things like the awkward "I'm so and so and I approve this message" statements at the end of political TV ads. The bipartisan bill will, should it pass, require all digital platforms to federally disclose who buys political ads on each platform's website or app, the goal being to avoid further foreign meddling in USA elections and fueling the flames around issues like racial tensions.

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Another Republican member of the intelligence panel, Oklahoma Sen.

Lankford said he believes there will be several pieces of legislation coming out of the Russian Federation probe, but "whether that's the first or not, I don't know".

Senators introduced a bipartisan bill on Thursday to do just that, prompted by revelations of Russian meddling before and during the 2016 USA presidential election.

The companies have said very little publicly about the bill or the prospect of regulation. Mark Warner of Virginia and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota would require the same disclosure for online political ads that is now in place on ads that appear on television and the radio.

A Twitter spokesperson said that the company looked "forward to engaging with Congress and the FEC on these issues".

His knowledge of the Washington landscape helped him negotiate a 2011 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, which had charged Facebook with deceiving consumers about whether it would keep their data private.

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