KOMO News: Seattle considers filing charges against Facebook over election law violations

Matt Markovich
Feb 7, 2018
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The social media giant is being accused of not fulfilling its legal obligation under Seattle law to disclose all necessary information on political ads it ran for Seattle candidates in the 2017 election cycle. Wayne Barnett, the Executive Director of the Commission, said city law requires commercial advertisers like television and radio stations, newspapers and magazines and digital platforms like Facebook and Google, to provide more than just who bought a political ad and how much they paid.

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“What the Seattle elections board is doing is very much at the vanguard of a broader discussion over how digital political ads should be regulated,” said Brendan Fischer of the non-profit Campaign Legal Center in Washington, D.C. Fischer said the federal government is wrestling over how to require the same political  ad  disclosure rules that other media outlets must follow like TV broadcasters to online platforms like Facebook.

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