Tech Companies And U.S. Lawmakers Are Clashing Over The Need For New Regulations Targeting Political Ads

Tech companies and U.S. lawmakers are clashing over the need for new regulations targeting political ads

To Republican Rep. Will Hurd, it’s an urgent problem that Russian agents purchased “political advertising on major American social media platforms” ahead of the 2016 U.S. presidential election. To his Democratic colleague, Rep. Robin Kelly, federal laws must be updated in response.
But as those two lawmakers and their peers began weighing on Tuesday exactly what to do, the likes of Facebook, Google and other tech companies and ad networks came with a message of their own: We can handle much of the problem ourselves.
At any other time, it would have been a routine exchange between skeptical members …

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