While ProPublica put a deliberately bland advertisement out to these people (it was approved by Facebook within 15 minutes), the risk is that others could use the social network's unprecedented ability to target people by their interests to spread propaganda or organise far right rallies. When Facebook approved ProPublica's ads, its system automatically changed the category "Jew hater" to "Antysemityzm", the Polish word for anti-Semitism.
FACEBOOK has disabled its targeted advertising after a report claiming the feature allowed advertisers to reach "Jew haters".
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Facebook has been forced to amend its ad targeting policies after an investigation by ProPublica found that the social network was permitting advertisers to target individuals with anti-Semitic beliefs.
Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook, explained that content that violates Facebook's standards does occasionally get through. Facebook said it has built new "guardrails" into product-and-review processes to prevent something similar from occurring in the future. Studies have repeatedly suggested that fake news and dark ads on Facebook and other social media sites can swing political opinions and manipulate elections.
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In a blog post published Thursday, the company said it was removing self-reported targeting fields until it could ensure that targeting wouldn't be used for discriminatory purposes. ProPublica was unable to find analogous ad categories of different religions. But Facebook's algorithms had suggestions to boost the audience size, including to people who like gun rights. After some internal investigation, the company found that both the accounts that purchased the ads and the pages they advertised were from Russian Federation, suggesting that there's a fake news circle operating out of the country.
But other news reports, including one in Slate magazine, then discovered that hateful topics were more widespread in the ad system's targeting capabilities. Particularly in the wake of events at Charlottesville last month -after which Mark Zuckerberg made an anti-hate statement- the online juggernaut must hold itself to account. It technically isn't just Facebook, anyone can try to buy keywords to target Jew Haters on Google - well, maybe.
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"We won't always be ideal, but you have my commitment that we'll keep working to make Facebook a place where everyone can feel safe", he wrote.