Bloomberg: Facebook Tells FEC It Supports Campaign Advertising Transparency


Facebook Inc. says it supports policy measures that promote transparency in online campaign advertising, according to a comment filed with the Federal Election Commission.


“They’re focusing on the obligations of the people putting the ads on the websites, not what if any obligations they should have,” said Larry Noble, a former general counsel at the FEC who has pushed for more disclaimers online.

Noble, who is now general counsel at the Campaign Legal Center, said the “pressure” on Google and Facebook because of their role in the Russian campaign to influence the 2016 election had prompted the FEC to reopen the issue.

“I’m cautiously optimistic that at least they’re open to considering what needs to be done,” he said of the companies.