Meta Platforms’ Facebook will Remove Detailed Ad Targeting Options; The Filter Bubble Transparency Act Pending in Congress
There have been two major developments on the “disinformation and influence campaign” front. First, Meta Platforms just announced that they will be removing certain ad targeting options and expanding ad controls. The second interesting development is a bill that was introduced into the House last week – which is a House version of a bill that has been languishing in the Senate since November 2019.
The Senate bill was re-introduced in June of this year by the same members of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has authority over the internet and consumer protection, who were grilling a Facebook whistleblower in early October. As the announcement from the Office of Senator Thune of South Dakota stated back in June: “U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) today introduced the Filter Bubble Transparency Act.”
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