Twitter admits your phone number may have been used for targeting ads

Twitter is only supposed to use phone numbers for two-factor authentication, but it appears to have been unintentionally used for more. The social network has learned that phone numbers and email addresses provided for safety and security (including...

TikTok opts out of paid political advertising entirely

While other social networks grapple with complex issues of political speech, growing video platform TikTok has decided not to allow political ads of any kind. We'll have to see how that ban works in practice, as the company's list of disallowed mater...

Facebook’s new misinformation policy doesn’t include political ads

Facebook has updated its policies to make it even easier for politicians to post misleading ads. In a change first spotted by Popular Information, the company has narrowed down what it defines as "misinformation." Prior to this week, Facebook's guide...

Big tobacco keeps starting ‘grassroots’ Facebook campaigns

This article was produced in partnership with Point, a YouTube channel for investigative journalism. Facebook groups like 'Oregonians Against Tax Hikes' and 'No Blank Checks for Colorado' look like citizen groups concerned about taxes. But after...