Twitter, Facebook launch tools to track political ads

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File: Twitter systems identified and challenged more than 9.9 million "potentially spammy or automated accounts" weekly in May.

File: Twitter systems identified and challenged more than 9.9 million "potentially spammy or automated accounts" weekly in May.

CALIFORNIA – Twitter Inc has made it easier for users to identify political campaign ads and know who paid for them, as social media platforms faced the threat of US regulation over the lack of disclosure on such spending.

The microblogging site launched &39;Ads Transparency Center&39; to allow anyone to view ads that have been put on Twitter, with greater transparency about US federal election campaign ads.

The tool follows Twitter&39;s recently launched political campaign ads policy https://blog.twitter.com/official/en_us/topics/company/2018/Increasing-Transparency-for-Political-Campaigning-Ads-on-Twitter.html and a similar move by Facebook Inc, which started a searchable archive of US political ads last month.

Facebook said on Thursday it would go even further by enabling users to see listings of all active ad campaigns, whether the advertiser is political in nature or not. Users can also view a log of name changes to a Facebook page.

READ: Facebook, Twitter tighten rules for political ads

The features should help people spot misuse of Facebook, it added.

Twitter&39;s ads centre gives users access to details such as demographic targeting data for the ads from US political advertisers, along with billing information, ad spending, and impression data per Tweet.

"We are making it clearer than ever who is advertising US federal political campaign content on Twitter," Twitter said in a blog post.

The transparency centre will include all advertisers on Twitter globally, but at this stage, only US federal election campaign ads that fall under its new policy will be shown.

Google has vowed to launch a similar transparency center for political ads on its services this summer. It declined to share additional details this week.