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Facebook Rolls Out Updates to Conversion Modeling and Events in Responds to ATT Changes

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As Facebook continues to get a better understanding of the full impacts of Apple’s new App Tracking Transparency update, which has seen many users cut off its in-app data tracking, limiting insights for Facebook advertisers as a result, The Social Network is also looking to make changes to its attribution modeling processes to help account for lost insights, and better guide advertiser decisions moving forward.

Last week, Facebook sent out a new update to selected advertisers relating to its latest changes in regards to how it’s now tracking events and conversions, in light of the reduced data flow which has impacted performance reporting.

Here’s what’s changed:

First off, Facebook will now allow advertisers to update their focus event for a campaign without the advertiser having to pause and manually restart it with every change.

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That’ll make it easier to keep your campaigns moving, with more flexibility to change focus based on performance trends.

Facebook’s also adding estimated conversions into its 7-day click attribution window, which will help advertisers account for data lost due to the ATT update.

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With the ATT changes, many Facebook advertisers have seen a significant reduction in conversions because Facebook is no longer able to track them, but this will provide a more accurate view of performance based on modeled estimates. Many advertisers are also reporting major mismatches between their data reporting tools, because they can’t connect the dots between Facebook reporting and their actual performance, and this will help to reduce those gaps.

And lastly, Facebook’s providing more flexibility for marketers looking to maximize performance to Android users, by expanding their event options in their campaign set-up.

Facebook attribution update

That will mean that advertisers looking to target Android users will have more capacity to optimize their campaigns based on performance – though this won’t help those looking to reach users on iOS.

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The changes here are fairly technical, but they’ll have big impacts for media buyers and performance marketers who are looking to maximize their Facebook ad spend. And while modeled data will never be as good as actual performance, by providing more insight that aligns with overall performance, Facebook’s hoping to help marketers see more accurate results tracking for their spend, which they can then better attribute in other elements.

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Twitter Implements New Rules to Further Restrict Misinformation in Times of Crisis

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Twitter Implements New Rules to Further Restrict Misinformation in Times of Crisis

Twitter’s looking to do more to limit the spread of harmful misinformation via its platform, with the implementation of a new policy that will specifically restrict the amplification of misinformation in times of crisis, including armed conflict, civil unrest and more.

The policy has been developed in response to the invasion of Ukraine, with Twitter now looking to enshrine its Ukraine policies in its official guidelines.

As explained by Twitter:  

Around the world, people use Twitter to find reliable information in real time. During periods of crisis – such as situations of armed conflict, public health emergencies, and large-scale natural disasters – access to credible, authoritative information and resources is all the more critical.”

In these circumstances, Twitter will now work faster to hide potentially harmful claims behind a warning screen, while such claims also won’t be amplified in the Home timeline, Search, and/or Explore.

As you can see here, users will be required to click through the warning notice to view these tweets, while Likes, Retweets, and Shares will be disabled. 

Expanding on this, Twitter says that it will also prioritize adding warning notices to highly visible Tweets and Tweets from high profile accounts, ‘such as state-affiliated media accounts, verified, official government accounts.’ The new policy will only relate to situations in which there is a /widespread threat to life, physical safety, health, or basic subsistence’.

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So how will Twitter determine what’s true or false in rapid time?

Twitter says that it will verify information via credible, publicly available sources, ‘including evidence from conflict monitoring groups, humanitarian organizations, open-source investigators, journalists, and more’. 

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Sure, that should appease the free speech advocates who already feel that social platforms base their decisions on political agendas. Wonder what Elon thinks of this?

In principle, of course, Twitter’s policy makes perfect sense – harmful misinformation and propaganda can have damaging impacts, in many ways, and it shouldn’t allow such to be amplified via its app. That’s ramped up even further in times of crisis.

In conflicts of the past, military opponents have resorted to air drops of flyers to break the spirit of their opponents. Tweets, and social media posts in general, can serve the same purpose, which is why it’s important for Twitter to act.

But further moves to restrict speech, of any kind, will undoubtedly be met with criticism.

Twitter says that, under this new policy, it will add warning notices to

  • False coverage or event reporting, or information that mischaracterizes conditions on the ground as a conflict evolves
  • False allegations regarding use of force, incursions on territorial sovereignty, or around the use of weapons
  • Demonstrably false or misleading allegations of war crimes or mass atrocities against specific populations
  • False information regarding international community response, sanctions, defensive actions, or humanitarian operations

It could be a difficult policy to enforce, depending on the conflict and region, so while it is a good update, and again, one that makes sense, it may be perceived as biased by those restricted as a result.

And it does seem that it could, at some stage, backfire, with correct information hidden due to the platform’s rapid action – but then again, that may be worth the risk if it ends up saving lives in the majority.

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But you do have to wonder what incoming CEO and owner Elon Musk thinks of such. Musk has been a vocal advocate of free speech, and this seems to be skirting the line of what Musk may see as overstepping. We’ll find out once the deal goes through.

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Twitter says that this first iteration of its updated policy is focused on international armed conflict, starting with the war in Ukraine, but it will eventually be expanded to include additional forms of crisis.

“The policy will supplement our existing work deployed during other global crises, such as in AfghanistanEthiopia, and India.

Again, it’ll be interesting to see what Musk thinks, and whether this policy is fully enacted in the Elon era for the app.

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