Oct 20, 2018

Anonymous Facebook ads urge voters 'to bin Chequers'

An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them "To bin Chequers" and back Brexit. Mr Collins, and fellow committee member Paul Farrelly, are among many MPs whose constituents have been targeted by the Facebook ads. Last week, Facebook launched its new transparency code for political advertising in the UK. Now that code, which is meant to show just how ads are targeted and who is paying for them, faces its first test. Search the new Facebook archive of UK political ads and you won't find anything from the Mainstream Network. Even in the future the identity of organisations paying for ads could remain murky to Facebook users - a label saying "Paid for by the Mainstream Network" will not reveal much about the origins of the money spent.

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