Jennifer Valentino-DeVries is a reporter covering technology and public policy. She worked for more than a decade at The Wall Street Journal, where she was part of a team that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting in 2012. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and has a master’s degree in public and international affairs from Princeton.
The Federal Election Commission said in December that big political ads on the social network need disclaimers. But many candidates and groups don’t seem to be paying attention.
From Australia to Scandinavia, our Political Ad Collector is holding advertisers accountable by revealing pitches that only a targeted slice of Facebook users would otherwise see.
Starting in Canada, Facebook is rolling out a global program to prevent foreign meddling in elections. Ads targeted to a narrow audience may be seen by other Facebook users — if they look hard enough.
A ProPublica/New York Times report last month has raised concerns about online job ads discriminating against older workers.
ProPublica built software and a machine-learning algorithm to allow Facebook users to send us the political ads that appear on their Facebook news feeds.
These ads raise doubts about Facebook’s ability to monitor paid political messages. In each case, the ads ran afoul of Facebook’s own guidelines to curb misleading and malicious advertising.
To make American campaigns more transparent, we’ve built a tool to display political ads that are rarely seen outside their selected audience of Facebook users.
Complaints by two former CIA employees against Christopher Sharpley are pending, but he testified he was “unaware” of them.