MapLight research on the influence of money and politics.
MapLight | May 27, 2021
Just after National Coming Out Day, Facebook ran several video advertisements supporting transgender and non-binary users. Lee spoke about how meaningful it is to feel they are exactly who they want to be; Kite wished for a more inclusive world. “We’re all better off when we understand each other more,” the videos proclaimed. Facebook, which … Continue reading "As Bills Sweep Statehouses, Facebook Profits From Harmful Anti-Trans Ads "
MapLight | May 10, 2021
Opponents of legislation that would overhaul much of the framework of the modern American political process are fighting the measure with every tool at their disposal: Campaign contributions, dark money organizations, political action committee (PAC) expenditures, broadcast radio and television campaigns, and – of course – digital disinformation. The bill, H.R. 1 (also known as … Continue reading "To Fight the For the People Act, Opponents Resort to Online Disinformation"
MapLight | May 07, 2021
Following an announcement from the Facebook Oversight Board to uphold a suspension of former president Donald Trump’s account while also directing Facebook to revisit the decision for a final determination, Policy Director at Decode Democracy Ann M. Ravel issued the following statement: “The decision from the Facebook Oversight Board marks a short-term step to limit … Continue reading "The Facebook Oversight Board Ruling Makes Clear: It’s Time to Permanently Ban Donald Trump"
MapLight | April 29, 2021
Most of us spend hours every day on our phones: checking emails, scrolling through social media, and talking to friends and family. But did you know that apps on your phone like Facebook track what you do in other apps? What you like, what you share, and what you click is monitored by Facebook across … Continue reading "It’s Time to ‘Opt Out’ of Invasive Tracking with the New Apple Update"
MapLight | March 17, 2021
Following the introduction of the For the People Act (H.R 1 / S.1) in the Senate today, Decode Democracy President Daniel G. Newman issued the following statement: “The For the People Act is the type of bold legislation we need to bring our democracy back from the brink of collapse. Not only does the bill … Continue reading "The Senate Must Pass the For the People Act to Revive Our Democracy"
With online disinformation threatening the health of democracy in the United States, major social media platforms made more than 300 changes to their policies in just a year and a half in areas including civic integrity, violence and extremism, and public health. These changes have largely failed to alleviate the growing problem of online disinformation … Continue reading "New Decode Democracy Report Shows Big Tech Can’t Police Itself"
Alec Saslow | January 13, 2021