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Facebook postpones political ad transparency feature for UK

IANS  |  London 

is delaying the planned launch of its political ads transparency feature in Britain that requires advertisers to disclose their identity, reported.

The was planning to launch the feature on Wednesday. But realising how easy it was to abuse the disclaimer system, has now postponed the launch of the feature to "the next month".

The move came after a spate of failures on the part of the company to vet disclosures in the US and Britain, the report said.

"We have learnt that some people may try to game the disclaimer system by entering inaccurate details and have been working to improve our review process to detect and prevent this kind of abuse," a told

Facebook rolled out the first phase of its UK political transparency effort in October, but it was not a compulsory requirement at that time.

The feature let political advertisers to register to prove their location, and disclose who had paid for particular ads.

Facebook had initially planned to make the system compulsory by November 7, but a damaging series of stories cast doubts on the effectiveness of the project.

In an expose, Vice News showed how easily the system could be abused in the US. It used the system to "disclose" that ads were paid for by every single US senator, Mike Pence, and Islamic State.

Facebook approved every disclosure, and the ads entered the archive intact, the report said.

Similar incidents were reported from Britain as well.



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First Published: Thu, November 08 2018. 14:08 IST