“Big blow” for advertising on social media - new polling in France and Germany finds majority oppose personal information being used to target them with advertising on digital platforms
New polling of regular social media users in Germany and France reveals that 83% of people don’t want their personal data used to target them with political ads.
Global Witness statement on the draft Digital Services Act
We are disappointed the European Commission’s newly proposed Digital Services Act fails to establish any limits on the controversial practice of micro-targeting
Joint Statement: in solidarity with Timnit Gebru
Along with the Google Walkout organisers, our organisations call on Google to strengthen its commitment to integrity, anti-racism, and adherence to the company’s own AI Principles in its research
Global Witness statement on the European Democracy Action Plan
Today’s EU Action Plan takes an important first step towards safeguarding European democracy, promising legislation to protect citizens from the very real harms created by the micro-targeting of political ads
5.3bn political ads were shown on Facebook in the week before the US election
The fanfare around the company’s ban on new political ads did not prevent over $100 million dollars being spent on political ads that recycled old content or were re-targeted to new people. Facebook’s ban on new political ads ahead of the US elections was touted as a way for the platform to protect US democracy. New analysis published by Global Witness today shows that the policy was little more than a token effort.
New polling in key battleground states suggests voters are uneasy about targeted online political ads
Half of US voters who are regular social media users in three key swing states think the use of targeted political ads is detrimental to US democracy
Investigation reveals serious concerns over Guatemala COVID-19 app
Global Witness investigation shows human rights risks attached to COVID-19 tracing apps
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