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<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/jul/02/way-ahead-of-the-field-inside-the-trump-campaigns-unprecedented-social-media-campaign">'Way ahead of the field': inside Trump's unprecedented social media campaign</a> (Guardian) Donald Trump spent more than $11.1m on Facebook and Google ads alone in the first six months of 2019 <a href="https://popular.info/p/trump-using-facebook-ads-to-lie-about-a33">Trump is using Facebook ads to lie about his opponents</a> (Popular Information), <a href=https://gizmodo.com/trump-campaign-uses-stock-video-of-supporters-in-latest-1836070120">Trump is using stock video of 'supporters'</a> (Gizmodo), <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/donald-trump-has-run-roughly-2200-facebook-ads-using-word-invasion-since-may-2018-1452514">Donald Trump has run roughly 2,200 Facebook ads using the word 'invasion' since May 2018</a> (Newsweek))

<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/05/facebook-ads-2020-dark-money-funding-republican-trump-weapon">Facebook ads funded by 'dark money' are the right's weapon for 2020 </a> (Guardian) The right and conservative media are using the untraceable ads to push a rightwing agenda and get Donald Trump re-elected

<a href="https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jul/09/facebook-is-ripe-for-exploitation-again-in-2020">Facebook is ripe for exploitation – again – in 2020</a> (Siva Vaidhyanathan, Guardian Opinion) Facebook claims to have cleaned up its act. But the platform remains vulnerable to the same sorts of divisive propaganda

Facebook, whose misleading-ad-blocking tool <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/25/technology/facebook-ad-library.html">doesn't</a> <a href="https://www.politico.eu/article/facebook-political-advertising-transparency-register-elections-2020-digital-campaign/">work</a>, was fined <a href="https://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/facebook-ftc-epic-lawsuit-5-billion-fine/">$5 billion</a> by the FTC for not protecting users' privacy. <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/jul/21/facebook-controversy-mounts-still-clicks-profits-libra-fine">As the controversy mounts, Facebook still seems to click </a> (Guardian) "The California-headquartered company is expected to reveal profits of $5.4bn for the three months to June, according to an average of estimates collected by S&P Global Market Intelligence. If the analysts are correct, that would represent Facebook’s second-best quarter on record, beaten only by the bumper $6.88bn profits made in the final three months of 2018."