It’s common knowledge that the Russians were meddling in the 2016 American election because social media companies such as Facebook confirmed they sold ads to Russian outlets.
In fact, Facebook even responded to questions from Congress about whether its corporate records could prove collusion between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.
But now there’s a new warning about election meddling. Facebook and others could be a purveyor of political messages and not know who’s behind them, which would be in violation of federal rules.
The issue is being raised by ProPublica, which noted the Federal Election Commission months ago said political ads on social media must contain a disclaimer, a reference to the organization behind the ad. But hundreds of ads ProPublica recently reviewed on Facebook didn’t have the disclaimer.
The sources of the ads included the Democratic National Committee and the Donald Trump 2020 campaign.