During the summer of 2016 a friend of mine who follows politics called me and said “did you hear? Hillary Clinton……” and she relayed the contents of an ad that popped up on her computer that appeared to give “proof” of Hillary’s deviant life” . What was the source of that ad? I asked. Who paid for it? In political ads in traditional media there is regulatory requirement for a disclosure of the name of some political committee who paid for for it. There was none, she said. I smelled a rat and told her she should, too. Thanks to Congressional Committee investigations into Russian election meddling,we are learning rats were running rampant in 2016. We may need to build some better rat traps.
on other media. Social platform political advertisers should be required by regulation to know and publish the source of all ads and need to coordinate with our intelligence agencies as part of their vetting process. http://www.npr.org/2017/10/05/555796348/sen-amy-klobuchar-on-social-media-political-ad-disclosure US social platforms must take responsibility to self police posting contents and their sources, too, Non- partisan, non -profit fact checkers can play a very important role in helping the public sort truth from disinformation that is not put in paid ads and they deserve higher profiles and media exposure of sources and facts.