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Facebook, Google and Twitter could face 'specific' EU measure on political ads, official says

By Matthew Newman
  • 23 Jan 2020 08:16
  • 28 Feb 2020 05:24

Facebook, Google and Twitter could face a "specific" EU measure to regulate the use of political ads that employ "microtargeting," as part of the EU fight against disinformation in political campaigns, an EU official has said.

The use of microtargeting — in which political campaigns target individuals based on their

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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