Facebook is expanding its political advertising transparency measures, which require any ad paid for by a political group or candidate to be labeled as such, into 32 new regions, taking the total count of nations which are now required to adhere to Facebook’s advanced political ad regulations to 89.
Facebook first launched its updated political ad transparency regulations last June, which relate to any ads about social issues (as defined by Facebook), elections or politics.
As you can see in this example, all of these ads need to be labeled with a ‘Paid for by…’ tag, which also links through to additional information on the advertiser, providing more transparency into campaigning on the platform.
The requirement is now being expanded to these regions, in addition to the 57 where it was already active:
As per Facebook:
“Anyone who wants to run ads about elections or politics in these countries will need to confirm their identity with an ID issued from the country they want to run ads in and disclose who is responsible for the ad. An advertiser can select themselves, a Page they run or their organization to appear in the “Paid for by” disclaimer. We require that the advertiser provide additional information, like a local business address, local phone number, email and website, if they choose to use their organization or Page name in the disclaimer. These requirements hold advertisers accountable for the ads they run on Facebook and Instagram.”
Aside from providing increased transparency on the ads themselves, the requirements will also ensure that Facebook can list political advertisers in its Ad Library – political ads from all of these new regions will now be added to the Ad Library API.
“In addition, we will introduce the Ad Library Report for each of these countries by the end of April. The report provides aggregated insights for ads about elections and politics, such as total number of ads and spend in the Ad Library. The report is also available as a downloadable file.”
So if you wanted more regional insights about what political parties are spending on Facebook ads in your region – and how – you’ll soon have it.
The tools aim to make it totally clear as to how Facebook is being used by political groups, better-informing users of messaging affiliation, and how they, specifically, are being targeted. Increasing this transparency will help improve electoral analysis in more regions, further clarifying how Facebook is being used for campaigning, while it will also ensure that political advertisers are held to account, and can’t covertly seek to influence Facebook users through unapproved means.
Enforcement of the new regulations within these countries will begin in mid-March, while Facebook notes that it’s looking to further expand its political advertising requirements into more regions later this year, including in Myanmar and Brazil.
Social media: Past failures provided the steps for today’s giants to climb
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When you consider successful social media there is a tendency to veer towards platforms like TikTok that have seen astronomical success in their short availability, or perhaps YouTube and the ability it has given creators to generate a steady income from uploading content.
However, not all social media is successful. Some platforms were successful for a period; others straightforward ‘failures’, although each arguably paved the way to establish what the collective entity of social media.
Recently the firm Higher Visibility analyzed social media sites over the past thirty years in a bid to discover those that ‘failed’ by losing popularity or ceased to exist altogether. Following this, Higher Visibility monitored where these sites sat when compared to modern social media platforms that continue to be widely used. By social media, this refers to platforms that enable users to create and share content or to participate in social networking.
After assessing the social media sites over the past thirty years, High Visibility gathered information from Statista and site information pages to discover the year they were created, the year they closed down or lost popularity (if applicable), and their highest monthly active users.
Whether any social media platform truly failed is contentious, since many of these platforms offered learning opportunities and paved the way for the platforms in common use today.
Taking some examples, Vine, a platform launched in 2013 saw rapid growth due to 6-second looping videos that could be experimented with to achieve creative results. Yet what was once the attraction point of the platform quickly became its downfall, with former executives citing the introduction of Instagram’s 15-second video clips in 2013 as one of the big issues. Vine came in as the 15th most successful social media on the Higher Visibility list, despite its ‘failing’.
One of the apps born from this new preoccupation with video content was Musical.ly. The platform allowed users to create videos lip-syncing to popular music, and there was a great emphasis on the promotional aspect of these through the app. Musical.ly was ultimately wildly successful despite ‘failing’ due to closing down, as it went on to be acquired by ByteDance and eventually merged into TikTok.
Friendster is often touted as an ‘early version’ of Facebook, boasting 51,010,000 monthly active users at its highpoint, paving the way for the platform that would come. The platform took off in 2003, reaching up to 4,470,000 members, and received a 30 million dollar offer from Google to buy the site. The founder, Jonathan Abrams decided instead to pursue venture capital investment. Users fell out of favour with the platform as it was not able to manage the pace of new subscribers.
MySpace followed Friendster as the brainchild of Tom Anderson, Chris DeWolfe and their friends. They modelled the site on Friendster, removing redundant features and centring the site around personal communities. MySpace was purchased in 2005 for 580 million dollars, however, later suffered due to the rising popularity of Facebook.
Of all the ‘successful’ social media platforms of the past 30 years within the full study, Facebook continues to have the highest monthly active users.
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