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Chair presses Facebook for answers over political advertising

31 October 2019

Ahead of the UK general election, Damian Collins MP has again written to Facebook’s Sir Nick Clegg, calling for answers over the platform’s policy on political advertising.

In his latest correspondence to the social media giant’s Vice President for Global Affairs and Communications, Collins urges Clegg to account for an open letter published by Facebook employees in which the political advertising policy is deemed to be ‘weaponizing’ the platform. In his letter, Collins urges Facebook to hold political advertising to the same standard as all other advertising on the platform.

The letter also draws attention to the policy’s inconsistencies in light of Facebook’s decision to fact-check Adriel Hampton’s campaign to run for Governor of California, voicing concerns that the social media platform ‘may specifically target political figures’.

His response to the Chair’s previous letter having ‘failed to address’ the question, Sir Nick Clegg is asked once more to address safety concerns raised over Facebook’s decision to extend end-to-end encryption to Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Chair's comment

Chair of the DCMS Committee, Damian Collins MP, said:

“Once again I’ve had to write to Nick Clegg to outline my concerns about end-to-end encryption, metadata collection, political advertising and fact-checking.

“Today a poll from YouGov and Grey London revealed that 63% of a social media users have lost trust in platforms, and that 59% believe political advertising needs to be regulated during campaigns.

“This clearly confirms the need for platforms to actively engage with public authorities.”

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