Today, Wired ran my op-ed about Facebook's war on Ad Observatory, an NYU project that enlists users to gather the ads FB serves so researchers and accountability journalists can measure how FB is living up to its promises on paid disinfo.



@pluralistic Why would Facebook want false claims about the outcome of the 2020 election to spread? Do they really need the money? They have so much $ already? Or are they trying to influence the outcome of American democratic elections? Are there state or federal laws against undue influence upon US elections?


a) They don't want to get into legal and PR trouble by allowing political disinfo

b) They don't want to spend the $$ to moderate their self-serve platform(or shut down the self-serve part), and anything less won't work

c) They don't want critics to point out the inadequacies of b) in order to avert a)

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