Facebook wants to make it easier for you to learn about the ads that flow through the world's largest social network.
Facebook pages, which look similar to but are separate from individuals' profiles, are how businesses, groups and public figures set themselves up on the social network.
Previously, Facebook users had to visit a page's "info and ads" section to find the advertisements run by that page. Now people who visit the Ad Library can search for ads by page instead of just keywords. They'll also be able to report an ad within the Ad Library for violating the social network's rules.
"Shining a brighter light on advertising and Pages on Facebook holds us and advertisers more accountable, which is good for people and businesses," Satwik Shukla, Facebook's product manager, said in a blog post.
Facebook launched new ad transparency tools last year after facing criticism that the company did little to stop foreign entities from meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. The social network discovered that Russian trolls purchased more thanbetween 2015 to 2017 to sow discord before and after the election.
Since then, Facebook has been beefing up itsto give people more information about ads shown on its site. People who search for political ads are able to see who paid for an ad, how much money an organization spent on an ad, who saw the ad and how many views the ad received.
But Facebook's ad transparency efforts also ran into road bumps. In May, the company kicked in new rules for political and issue ads, requiring advertisers who run those ads to verify their identity and addresses.
Some businesses have complained that Facebook has misclassified their Vice News and Business Insider also found loopholes, showing how the tool could be abused. The publications got approval to publish ads they identified as having been paid for by parties such as Vice President Mike Pence, Cambridge Analytica, the Islamic State and all 100 US senators. Lawmakers on Facebook to fix their ad transparency tool.as political or related to an issue of national importance. Media outlets such as
Facebook announced other changes to increase ad transparency.
People who visit the Ad Library will be able to check when a Facebook page was created, if it merged with other pages or changed its name. If the Facebook page with a large audience runs political or issues ads in countries where the transparency tool is available, you'll also see the page manager's location.
This information will also be available in a new section called "page transparency" within Facebook pages.
The company is also expanding access to data from the Ad Library so others can analyze political or issues ads. The social network no longer requires certain news publishers to verify their identities or label their ads as political or related to an issue of national importance. In mid-May, Facebook will also be updating a report about political and issue ads on a daily basis instead of weekly.
Facebook's political ad transparency tools first launched in the US, but rolled out to other countries including the, Brazil, India, Ukraine and Israel. Facebook also plans to introduce these tools in the EU ahead of the European Parliament election in May. By the end of June, Facebook said it will launch these tools globally.