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first_imgFacebook will use Canada as a testing ground as it rolls out new ad transparency features and increases scrutiny of political advertising.The social media giant said that starting next month Canadian users will be able click “View Ads” on a Facebook page to view what ads it is running on the main platform, as well as Messenger and Instagram.Facebook also said in its blog post Friday that all ads will be required to be associated with a page, which are often used by companies or groups.It will start testing these features in Canada and roll it out by next summer to other countries including the U.S., ahead of the midterm elections in November.“Starting in Canada was a natural choice as this effort aligns with our election integrity work already underway there,” wrote Facebook’s vice president of ads Rob Goldman.Facebook has come under fire for its role in the November 2016 U.S. presidential election, and the dissemination of so-called “fake news” on its platform. It disclosed last month that it found ads linked to fake accounts, likely run from Russia, that sought to influence the election.Also earlier this month, Facebook Canada said it was launching a “Canadian Election Integrity Initiative” ahead of the 2019 federal election. This was in response to a report by the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in June that predicted that Canada is “very likely” to be the target of hackers before the vote.As part of the initiative, Facebook said it was launching a crisis line for Canadian politicians to use if their email accounts come under cyberattack. As well, the social media giant says it will partner with MediaSmarts to roll out a digital news literacy campaign.On Thursday, Facebook said that the initial test of its new ad transparency features will only show active ads. However, once implemented in the U.S., it plans to build an archive of federal-election related ads.For each current and historical federal-election related ad, Facebook will provide detailed information including the total amounts spent, the number of impressions, and demographics of the audience reached.As well, beginning with the U.S. federal elections before expanding to other jurisdictions, Facebook will require more detailed documentation from political advertisers in order to verify their identity. Once verified, advertisers will have to include disclosures in election related ads that read “Paid for by,” it said.“For political advertisers that do not proactively disclose themselves, we are building machine learning tools that will help us find them and require them to verify their identity,” Goldman wrote.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar alleged in the Supreme Court that CBI targeted him in the Saradha Chit fund case due to “mala fide intent” and “conflict of interest” of former interim CBI director M Nageshwara Rao as his family members were under the scanner post-demonetisation.Kumar alleged that post demonetisation in November 2016, investigation was initiated into some shell companies that prima facie were involved in receiving massive deposits and an FIR was registered. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsDuring the probe of shell companies, the role of one firm Agela Mercantiles Pvt Ltd came under the scanner for collecting money from public unauthorisedly, he said, alleging that during a further investigation of the case names of wife and daughter of Rao have come to light and the matter is being further probed. “The mala fide intent of the petitioner/CBI herein especially in light of the fact that February 3, 2019, a Sunday, was the last day in office of the interim CBI Director, is writ large on account of the conflict of interest, in the instant matter,” Kumar said in his 89-page affidavit.last_img read more

first_imgTalcher: Five people, including a woman and two girls, were killed when a wild elephant strayed into human habitation in different villages of Angul district, officials said Friday.The tusker entered Sandha village near here from a forest late on Thursday night and trampled to death three members of a family, who were sleeping in the verandah of their house. A man and his two-year-old daughter were among those killed in the first incident. The family was staying in Sandha village since the man was working in a brick kiln in the locality. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe jumbo also killed a woman in the same village while she was asleep in the verandah of her house. The tusker then proceeded to Santhapada village where it crushed to death a 70-year-old man, the official said. Angry over the incidents, residents of the two villages staged a road blockade on Friday morning demanding adequate compensation to the family of the deceased. The blockade was lifted after financial assistance was provided to the families of the deceased. Steps were being taken for payment of ex-gratia as per rules, he said. Efforts were on to drive the wild elephant into the forest, a forest official said.last_img read more