Facebook prohibits foreign-funded ads for Indonesia election

Facebook is using a mix of automated and human intervention to identify foreign-funded election ads. (Reuters)
Updated 05 March 2019

Facebook prohibits foreign-funded ads for Indonesia election

  • The announcement on Facebook’s website says the restriction took effect Monday morning
  • Facebook said it is using a mix of automated and human intervention to identify foreign-funded election ads

JAKARTA: Facebook says it will not allow election advertisements for Indonesia’s upcoming presidential election that are purchased from outside the country.
The announcement on Facebook’s website says the restriction took effect Monday morning and is part of “safeguarding election integrity on our platform.”
Facebook has been criticized for allowing foreign interests to use its site to disseminate ads that may have influenced the outcomes of the last US presidential election and the UK referendum on leaving the European Union.
The social media company said it’s using a mix of automated and human intervention to identify foreign-funded election ads.
Indonesia, the world’s third-largest democracy, votes for president on April 17. The campaign pits incumbent leader Joko Widodo against former general Prabowo Subianto.


Dubai launches region’s first diploma for social media influencers

Updated 21 August 2019

Dubai launches region’s first diploma for social media influencers

  • Starting Sept. 8, the program aims “to expand the professional knowledge of Arab social media influencers"

DUBAI: Dubai has launched the region’s first social media influencers diploma program, the Dubai Press Club announced.

Starting Sept. 8, the six course program has been developed in collaboration with the Mohammed bin Rashid School for Communication (MBRSC), at the American University in Dubai.

It was first announced in October 2018, with an aim “to expand the professional knowledge of Arab social media influencers and enable them to produce innovative and effective content in a rapidly changing environment.”