Jeremy B. Merrill is a news apps developer at ProPublica, concentrating mostly on Congress data and our Represent app. Before joining ProPublica, he worked at The New York Times, building tools for journalists and using computer code to report on political Facebook ads, trains and online legalese. Before that, he worked at ProPublica as a fellow.
Our tool had let the public see exactly how users were being targeted by advertisers. The social media giant urged us to shut it down last year.
More than 16,000 people have participated in our project to collect and analyze political ads on the social media platform during the midterm elections this year.
Voters across the state are facing waits of up to five hours as lines snake out the doors and administrators rush to get additional materials to the polls.
A Mysterious Facebook Group Is Using Bernie Sanders’ Image to Urge Democrats to Vote for the Green Party
The party’s candidates, which a group called America Progress Now is endorsing, say they’ve never heard of it. The group hasn’t registered with the Federal Election Commission as required.
We’ve identified 12 ad campaigns in which energy, insurance and other industries masked their sponsorship of political messages on Facebook.
Names like “The Voter Awareness Project” and “Breaking News Texas” are being used by political groups for negative campaign ads on the platform.
Starting today you can download a version of the Firefox browser with the Facebook Political Ad Collector built in.
A review by ProPublica found that 15 employers in the past year, including Uber, have advertised jobs on Facebook exclusively to one sex, with many of the ads playing to stereotypes.
The social network is removing 5,000 options that regulators say enable advertisers to discriminate.
See how political advertisers target you. Use this database to search for political ads based on who was meant to see them.
The social network is letting some political ads slip through without the required verification, while blocking promotional posts by news organizations, which are pushing back.
Facebook announced a new system to make political ads more transparent. It’s got holes.
It can be done but it’s not easy.
The Arizona special election campaign of Hiral Tipirneni targeted ads at people across the country who “liked” the pages of liberal icons.
We’re using data to track the things Congress talks a disproportionate amount about every week.
Senators held Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to account today, grilling him while often citing our investigations. You can help keep Facebook accountable, too.
It can seem like lobbyists run Washington from behind the scenes. But who they’re working for and what they’re lobbying on are not secrets. Use this database to keep an eye on what they’re up to.
We’ve made it easier to sift through thousands of lobbying registration disclosures. Here’s a guide for journalists, researchers and citizens looking for stories in the data.
We keep training machine learning models on Congress. Find out what this one learned about lawmakers’ top issues.
Want to know what distinctive topics your members of Congress are concerned about? Represent’s got you covered.