'How to burn Jews' Facebook group suggested to advertisers by algorithm

Facebook Allowed Anti Jew Ads

Facebook Allowed Anti Jew Ads

The ads were accepted within 15 minutes.

In its investigation, ProPublica also found that there were not very many objectionable ad categories, but Facebook's algorithms came up with suggestions to expand the size of marketers' audience. "Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you", the ProPublica article said. These latest ads raise yet another concern about how Facebook's platform can be exploited to embolden hate groups.

Another category of users that were available to target was those who described their "field of study" as "Hitler did nothing wrong".

Thus, for each category like, for example, "burning Jews", Google suggests several keywords, including "burnt Jews", "did they burn Jews", etc. In the end, with the addition of other far-right groups, ProPublica's ads reached 5,897 people.

"There are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards". As expected, representatives have pledged to "prevent other issues like this from happening in the future" by implementing tighter controls and processes. Facebook said algorithms create the categories, and that it would now be considering how to change its system to improve monitoring and avoid abuse. For example, the "Jew hater" category contained 2,300 people, out of Facebook's 2 billion monthly users.

The embarrassing finding comes just a week after a Facebook internal review showed that hundreds of Russia-linked fake accounts were used to buy approximately $100,000 worth of ads aimed at inflaming political tensions ahead of and following the 2016 USA presidential election. These include depictions of death or incendiary social issues even as part of news or an awareness campaign.

Facebook's ad business has become a hot-button topic.

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Facebook's algorithm may not have known what it was doing, but Facebook should have. They also serve as the country's daily school, town crier, and newspaper editor.

Facebook ads were also under scrutiny earlier this month after the company told Washington lawmakers investigating alleged Russian meddling in last year's election it found a Russian firm had spent $100,000 on targeted ads.

"It was shocking to read about this practice on Facebook, and we are glad Facebook ended it", he said in a statement. The absurdity of the idea of Facebook pooling together people associated with such hateful characteristics for brands to advertise to - so that Facebook could profit - is only overshadowed by the fact that Facebook did.

In response to the findings, Bloomberg reports that Facebook is temporarily removing education and employer fields as ways to target ads. "We immediately removed them", Facebook said.

Facebook's un-named author goes on to say that "Given that the number of people in these segments was incredibly low, an extremely small number of people were targeted in these campaigns".

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