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Facebook still doesn't know the extent of Russian ad buys in election
How extensive was Russia's use of Facebook to meddle with the presidential election? Even Facebook doesn't know.
"If the interaction was limited to the walled garden of self-serve, Facebook can make the case that it was just the machine talking to the Russians," Adam Sharp, Twitter's former director of media partnerships, who's now doing consulting work and speaking, told CNNMoney. "However, there are still questions," he added.
U.S. Congress tangles with Facebook, other social media firms over Russia probe
“Twitter has likely not released all potentially relevant data to congressional investigators in part because of their policy requiring a court order and their track record of defending user privacy by fighting such requests,” Adam Sharp, former head of news and government at Twitter, said in an interview.
Facing Prospect Of Regulation, Twitter Plans New Ad Disclosures
Adam Sharp, the company's former head of government, news and elections, says Twitter introduced similar badges on all political ads in 2011. But that same year, the Federal Election Commission deadlocked on a request from Facebook for an exemption to rules that would require such disclaimers. Facebook continued to publish political ads without the disclosures, and eventually Twitter and others followed suit. "That lack of resolution made lack of transparency the industry standard," Sharp says.
How Facebook, Google and Twitter 'embeds' helped Trump in 2016
A study reveals employees the companies placed in the Trump campaign played a surprisingly active role in shaping its message and targeting voters.
"It can be confusing from the outside looking in when it appears one campaign or another is getting more support," Adam Sharp, a former Twitter executive who led the company's elections team from 2010 to 2016, said in an interview. But while the companies strive to be balanced, they cannot inform voters "when a candidate doesn't heed the help," he said.
Twitter promises greater transparency for political ads, but questions remain
Adam Sharp, Twitter's former head of news, government, and elections, who's now doing consulting work and speaking, told CNN that the initiative "harkens back to Twitter's original approach to political ads." "When they launched in 2011, they had a special purple indicator and when you moused over them, you got the full FEC disclaimer," Sharp said. "Twitter was the only platform to set that standard, but with no action from the FEC, the company succumbed to the industry direction -- and buyers' demands -- for less transparency."
Twitter Bars Ads From Russian Outlets Ahead Of Congressional Hearings
Twitter said it would donate its estimated $1.9 million in advertising revenue since 2011 from RT to fund external research on how Twitter is used in elections, including abuse of the platform as a tool to automatically disseminate misinformation. The planned donation marks a shift in the company’s willingness to investigate Russia’s influence. “Like most companies, these platforms have little reason to support or encourage research that paints them in a negative light,” says Adam Sharp, Twitter’s former head of government, news and elections.
Congress's New Bill Can't Eliminate Russian Influence Online
“It’s a good piece of legislation to address the modern realities of campaign financing and the need for disclosure,” says Adam Sharp, former head of news, government, and elections at Twitter. “But I’m skeptical of how it will tamp down on behavior by bad actors like we saw in the 2016 election.” Warner himself described the bill as "common sense light-touch regulation."
According to University of Utah study, the Trump campaign viewed Facebook and Twitter teams as quasi-advisers in 2016
“I believe that anything that brings candidates and elected officials closer to their constituents, making them more available for direct interaction and direct questioning by the voters is a good thing,” Sharp said. “And I think all the companies in creating these teams to reach out to candidates and bring them into the conversation, to bring them out of the comfort of the TV studios into a space where they can have this direct interaction with users is potentially a positive thing for the democratic process.”
Russian trolls and American thinking
Big Tech was on the defensive this week on Capitol Hill. Twitter, Facebook, and Google held back their famous CEO's and sent their lawyers to be grilled by members of both parties. But Republicans and Democrats may have learned more than expected. Russian disinformation is aimed at creating social upheaval not just at partisan politics. Adam Sharp joins KCRW's To The Point to discuss.
Digital Diplomacy Conference Keynote
Sharp Things CEO Adam Sharp kicks off the two-day International Conference on Digital Diplomacy, hosted by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a keynote discussion reflecting on his career at Twitter and social media's impact on how governments communicate.