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Twitter to disclose info on political ads amid scrutiny

Twitter says it will provide more information about political ads on its service, including who is funding them and how they are targeted.

The move follows similar steps by Facebook and the introduction of a bill that seeks to bring more transparency to online political ads in an attempt to lessen the influence of Russia and other foreign entities on U.S. elections.

The bill would require social media companies like Facebook and Twitter to keep public records on election ads and meet the same disclaimer requirements as political broadcast and print advertising.

Companies would have to make "reasonable efforts" to ensure that election ads are not purchased directly or indirectly by a foreign entity, something already prohibited by law.

Neither Twitter's new policies nor the "Honest Ads" bill addresses election meddling efforts outside of advertisements. Twitter, Facebook, Google and others are also dealing with spam and fake accounts spreading fake news and propaganda.

All three companies are scheduled to participate in Nov. 1 hearings on Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections through social media.


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