If Then

Through the Revolving Door Between Facebook and Democrats

A former Facebook employee and Clinton campaign adviser on how advertising tech and disinformation campaigns are a perfect fit.

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On this week’s If Then, Slate’s April Glaser and Will Oremus talk about a clever effort to restore net neutrality in Montana and New York. They also discuss Facebook’s latest news feed tweaks—this time it’s trying to resuscitate the local news economy by putting more stories from local sources in your feed. Then the hosts are joined by Dipayan Ghosh—a former privacy and policy adviser to Facebook, the Obama administration, and the Hillary Clinton campaign—to talk about his recent report on how digital advertising technologies lend themselves to disinformation campaigns, and what the government can do about it. And as always, Don’t Close My Tabs, the hosts’ picks for best on the web this week.

Stories discussed on the show:

Slate: New York and Montana Have a New Trick to Protect Net Neutrality

Slate: Facebook Is Putting More “Local News” in Your Feed. That’s a lot Harder Than It Sounds.

New America: Digital Deceit: The Technologies Behind Precision Propaganda on the Internet

New York Times: Once Cozy With Silicon Valley, Democrats Grow Weary of Tech Giants

Don’t Close My Tabs:

Guardian: Fitness Tracking App Strava Gives Away Location of Secret US Army Bases

New York Times: The Follower Factory

Podcast production by Max Jacobs.

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