Oct 31, 2018

Fake Cambridge Analytica ad hits Facebook

A fake advert purporting to have been paid for by scandal-hit Cambridge Analytica has been posted to Facebook. The ad, now removed but still visible in Facebook's new ad transparency portal, uses the logo of EU referendum campaign group BeLeave, which, in July, was found to have broken electoral law. Cambridge Analytica closed down operations in May. "This ad was not created by Cambridge Analytica," a Facebook spokesman said. "We believe people on Facebook should know who is behind the political ads they're seeing, which is why we are creating the Ads Library so that you can see who is accountable for any political ad.". "Receiving approval to run an ad 'paid for' by a senator typically just took a few minutes," said Vice journalist William Turton.

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