Facebook to block third party ad transparency tools which are used by nonprofits and news organization. The company claims that its effort is aimed to prevent malicious actors from scraping user data and not to punish critical reporting on this platform. Facebook has done so by inserting the code to prevents the use of web plugins that automate the collection of information from the social network, according to the reports of ProPublica.
ProPublica operates a searchable database which is called political Ad collector, it gives you information about more than 120,000 political ads thanks to the roughly 22,000 users who use its custom plugin. Facebook disabled browser Plugins that will collect information about the political ads and why ads were being shown to only a particular FB user at the start of this month.
Alex Stamos who is Facebook’s former chief security officer and an outspoken voice on Data privacy and the social networks, in general, made it to Twitter and said:
“These changes are about ad blockers, not people researching ad abuse,” and following it up with, “FB needs to build out the ad archive API ASAP, including targeting and reach data.”
In this time period, Facebook has made a significant number of data and API restrictions designed specifically to prevent another Cambridge analytica. In a blog post which Facebook published earlier this month, which highlights new ad transparency and election interference measures planned for later this year. It also includes a new set of transparency tools for advertisers set to release at the end of June.
According to ProPublica, Facebook urged the organization to shut down its project and transition over to the company’s own public archive for political ads. It launched in May last year when Facebook first put its new ad transparency rules in the US. ProPublica claims that Facebook to block third party tools are incomplete and the organization has routinely publicized ads run by organizations, Including political ads operates by the National Rifle Association and a pro-Bernie Sanders electoral reform advocacy group.