House slates hearing on social media political ad disclosures

House slates hearing on social media political ad disclosures
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The House will host the first hearing specifically on the need to disclose the sources of political ads online.

Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Information Technology, scheduled the hearing for Tuesday of next week. 

The announcement comes one day after Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharPoll: Biden holds 10-point lead nationally over Warren Robert Reich sees Democratic race as Warren, Sanders and Biden: 'Everyone else is irrelevant' Democrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.), John McCainJohn Sidney McCainPublisher announces McSally book planned for May release Democrats lead Trump by wide margins in Minnesota Here's what to watch this week on impeachment MORE (R-Ariz.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerHillicon Valley: Facebook removes Russian, Iranian accounts trying to interfere in 2020 | Zuckerberg on public relations blitz | Uncertainty over Huawei ban one month out Zuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Senate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' MORE (D-Va.) released the Honest Ads Act, which would require online political ads to disclose their funding sources.

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The bill seeks to reign in the anonymity in online ads that served Russia in what U.S. intelligence agencies believe was a campaign to undermine the 2016 presidential election.

The hearing will feature David Chavern, president and chief executive of the newspaper trade association the News Media Alliance; Allen Dickerson, legal director of the campaign free speech rights group Center for Competitive Politics; communications attorney Jack Goodman; Randall Rothenberg, president and chief executive of the advertising trade group the Interactive Advertising Bureau; and Ian Vandewalker, senior counsel of the Brennen Center for Justice.

Facebook, Google, Twitter and Instagram have all acknowledged running political ads placed by a Kremlin-linked "troll farm," the Internet Research Agency, during the 2016 campaign.

Facebook, Google and Twitter are all slated to testify on the matter at a Nov. 1 hearing on Capitol Hill.