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Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation

Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation
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BIDEN CAMPAIGN CLAPS BACK: The Biden campaign slammed Facebook on Thursday night after thousands of its ads were blocked due to a technical glitch in the platform's preelection ban on political ads. 

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Facebook announced last month that it would ban new political advertisements in the week leading up to the Nov. 3 election in an effort to combat misinformation about voting.

The temporary ban went into effect on Tuesday, but the platform said it ran into “a number of unidentified issues” that caused ads to be paused that have already been running on Facebook, according to a Thursday blog post. The company went on to say that the glitch also prevented advertisers from making permissible changes to their ads.

"We have implemented changes to fix these issues, and most political ads are now running without any problems," Facebook said.

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THE ELECTIONS ARE ALRIGHT: The majority of voters in three key swing states said they saw ads on social media questioning the validity of this year’s election, according to a new poll.

Fifty-four percent of voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio who identify as regularly using social media said they had seen ads on their social media feeds questioning the validity of the U.S. election for the last month or longer, based on the YouGov poll released Friday. 

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The poll was conducted on behalf of Global Witness, an advocacy organization pushing for tighter regulations on tech companies. 

Of the 54 percent of respondents who said they had seen ads questioning the validity of the election, 19 percent said they could “rarely” or “never” identify who was funding those ads. 

The survey excluded registered voters who were not “regular users of social media,” defined by pollsters as having used Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, TikTok, Reddit and YouTube in the past seven days. 

The poll found that half of respondents said targeted political ads hinder U.S. democracy, and indicated voters want more restrictions on targeted ads and transparency for political ads on social media. 

Sixty-one percent of respondents said social media companies should do more to provide information on how online advertising has been targeted, and 68 percent said political ads should be viewable by anyone, rather than being targeted at specific groups. 

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MISINFORMATION TARGETS HARRIS: Vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisWomen set to take key roles in Biden administration Trump campaign appeals dismissal of Pennsylvania election challenge Pressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win MORE (D-Calif.) has been the target of misinformation propagated online more often than Vice President Pence, according to a report by a media intelligence firm.

A report from Zignal Labs, shared with The Hill on Friday, found that Harris has been targeted four times as often as Pence. She has also been the target of misinformation at four times the rate Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineRick Scott tests positive for coronavirus Grassley tests positive for coronavirus Top Democrat calls Trump's Afghan drawdown 'the right policy decision' as others warn of 'mistake' MORE (D-Va.) was in 2016 when he accompanied former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBiden to name longtime aide Blinken as secretary of State: report Understanding mixed results in Pennsylvania key to future elections What's behind the divisions over Biden's secretary of Labor? MORE on the Democratic ticket.

The report was first obtained by The Associated Press.

More than 4 percent of the conversation on Twitter about Harris was negative or circulated misinformation, while misinformation about Pence and Kaine made up for about 1 percent of talk on Twitter during the 2016 and 2020 elections, according to Zignal Labs.

There’s also been an uptick in the overall online conversation about vice presidential candidates in 2020 compared to four years ago, with a subsequent increase in misinformation or negative storylines spreading this year, based on the report.

Various bits of misinformation have been spread about the California senator even before she was chosen to be former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden to nominate Linda Thomas-Greenfield for UN ambassador: reports Scranton dedicates 'Joe Biden Way' to honor president-elect Kasich: Republicans 'either in complete lockstep' or 'afraid' of Trump MORE's running mate, including allegations that she is not legally eligible to run for office.

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The report found more than 280,000 mentions between July 1 and Oct. 9, making up around 1.2 percent of all mentions of Harris during that time period, regarding “birtherism” or that she was “not eligible” to serve as vice president.

The misinformation surrounding baseless claims that Harris, who was born in California, was not eligible to serve as vice president did not remain in the fringe Twitter sphere. This summer, a Newsweek column by John Eastman, a conservative attorney, called into question the citizen status of Harris's parents at the time of her birth. The article was then retweeted by Jenna Ellis, a Trump campaign adviser.

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