Facebook launches searchable database revealing United States political ad spending

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What is interesting is that the report will also highlight the amount spent by each political party or individual, along with the number of ads they have run in a given week.

Facebook's "Ad Archive" catalogs ads about politics or "issues of national importance", who sponsored them, and how much those sponsors have spent since May.

Going forward Facebook will continue to maintain an archive documenting digital media spending, enabling researchers to easily track spikes in advertising around major elections, although it stops short of providing zip codes and a breakdown of targeting data. Numerous company's ads qualify as relating to "issues of national importance".

Facebook Inc on Tuesday unveiled a searchable database that will provide information on spending by advertisers for political ads and issues of national importance in the run-up to the midterm elections.

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McElrath had to toggle all the way back through more than 16 pages to undo the Ted Cruz selection manually and change it to a vote for Beto O'Rourke, she said, and then she had to toggle through more than 16 pages to reach the final review page, which correctly showed a vote for the Democrat candidate. The group was reported to have spent $5.4 million on 6,024 ads.

Also among the biggest advertisers were supporters of President Trump via two separate accounts; The Trump Make America Great Again Committee and Donald J. Trump for President.

But that claim was contradicted when a Times reporter dug into who sponsored anonymous ads that called Jennifer Wexton, the Democratic candidate for Virginia's 10th District, an "evil socialist" and depicted her alongside Nazi soldiers. The page name is "Beto for Texas".

Facebook recently launched a "War Room" at its headquarters in Silicon Valley to act as a nerve center for the fight against misinformation and manipulation of the largest social network by foreign actors trying to influence elections in the United States and elsewhere.

The war room was activated just weeks ahead of the USA vote, amid persistent fears of manipulation by Russian Federation and other state entities, or efforts to polarize or inflame tensions.