Fight over online political ads heats up ahead of US midterms

With just over four months to go before midterm elections, NYU researchers, including Laura Edelson, a postdoctoral researcher at NYU Tandon, launched a searchable database of Facebook digital political ads they’ve managed to pull together despite their previous ban, putting them right back in the company's crosshairs.

"Facebook has not fixed the fundamental security vulnerabilities in both their ad networks and their platform more broadly," Edelson said in an interview. "I don't think Facebook is doing a good enough job of providing functional transparency."