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How we can fix Facebook before the 2020 election

An article on Fortune by Mark Bartholomew,
professor of law and the author of “Adcreep: The Case Against
Modern Marketing,” looks at Russian hackers who orchestrated
the campaign to influence American voters in the 2016 presidential
election by purchasing ads designed to highlight voter attention to
wedge social issues such as immigration, race, and LGBTQ rights,
and efforts by Facebook to deploy technological solutions to the
problem. “Just like television networks and newspapers,
Facebook makes choices about what we see. Yet unlike television
stations or newspapers — where we can see who the decision
makers are and what decisions they make — Facebook keeps
things hidden. It won’t reveal how it decides what enters our
news feeds. It won’t even reveal the content of these bogus
political ads from Russian backers. It is time for lawmakers to
force Facebook to be more transparent,” he writes.

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