Facebook seeks to block political ad targeting research

San Francisco (AFP) – Facebook has demanded that New York University pull the plug on a research project into the platform’s targeting practices for political ads, saying it is a violation of terms to collect user data.”A week ago, Facebook sent me a (cease and desist order) asking us to take down AdObserver and delete our data. The public has a right to know how political ads are targeted, so we will not be complying with this request,” Laura Edelson, a PhD student and researcher with NYU Ad Observatory, said in a post Friday.With just 10 days until the US election, Facebook is being sharply …

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