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Facebook and Twitter: More Transparency for Political Ads

Posted on: June 4th, 2018

By: Amy Bender

In the wake of the alleged Russian interference with the U.S. presidential election through targeted Facebook ads, both Facebook and Twitter now have imposed conditions for political campaign advertisements. Since there currently are no legal requirements for posting political content on private social media platforms, the platforms have the freedom – and, some say, the responsibility – to create their own policies in order to regulate the content delivered to their users. Facebook and Instagram (which Facebook owns) now require that political ads be labeled with information such as who funded the ad, the campaign budget, the number of viewers, and their demographics. The information also will be stored in a searchable archive. Twitter will require advertisers of political campaigns for federal elections to identify themselves and prove they are located in the U.S. Further, it will not allow foreign nationals to target political ads to U.S. residents. Both platforms have cited increased transparency as the basis for these changes. Facebook also has been under scrutiny since the Cambridge Analytica/user data breach incident, as we reported here.

It remains to be seen if these measures will help regulate political content and if more social media platforms will follow suit.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Amy Bender at [email protected].

Beyond the Political Rhetoric: Will Georgia’s Voter ID Law Reduce Minority Turnout?

Posted on: October 24th, 2012

By: Sun Choy

To be sure, Georgia’s voter ID law that requires a voter to produce a photo ID to vote has been used as a political football by both sides of the aisle over the past few election cycles.  Depending on your point of view, the voter ID law is either an attempt by Republicans to disenfranchise key voting blocs for Democrats, or prudent legislation passed to ensure the integrity of our elections.  Beyond the political rhetoric and legal challenges, a fundamental question is whether the voter ID law in fact reduces minority turnout.

Accordingly, to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, the answer is no.  The article notes that “turnout among black and Hispanic voters increased from 2006 to 2010, dramatically outpacing population growth for those groups over the same period.”  At the same time, “Georgia’s top elections official could not point to a single case of ballot fraud the voter ID law had prevented.”  Notably, however, records show that since 2008, 2,244 provisional ballots were cast by voters who lacked a photo ID and only 658 returned with an ID.  The end result is that the remaining 1,586 votes were not counted.  It should be interesting to see if this trend of increased minority turnout continues.

2012 Election Cycle: Major Business Concerns Include Immigration, Baseless Lawsuits

Posted on: August 27th, 2012

By: Kelly Morrison

The Eleventh Circuit recently weighed in on Georgia’s controversial Immigration Reform Act, restoring a provision which allows police to verify the immigration status of criminal suspects failing to produce appropriate identification.  This mirrors the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding with regards to a similar Arizona law.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has spent its first term quietly advocating for loopholes in the current system, mostly aimed at undocumented aliens under age 18.  Political pundits expect a more direct campaign for federal immigration reform from the victor of the 2012 election.

Although Georgia has addressed both immigration and tort reform at the state level, more than 60 percent of Americans believe that frivolous litigation has slowed economic growth and recovery.