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Facebook's advertising program has garnered criticism yet again. This time it's because a ProPublica report found the company let advertisers pay to target people who searched terms like "Jew Hater" and "History of 'why jews ruin the world.'" Facebook said the anti-Semitic categories were created by an algorithm and have since been removed. Facebook recently said bogus accounts linked to Russia improperly bought $100,000 worth of divisive political ads between 2015 and 2017.
Class discussion: Should Internet companies like Facebook or Google censor news, advertising, searches or personal posts? If they do, who should decide what is or isn’t acceptable? With computer algorithms using our browsing and search history to determine what advertising and news we see, are Internet companies already censoring our information? How do Internet “echo chambers” isolate and divide us? What can you do to get differing opinions? What can you do to protect yourself from bogus or slanted information?
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