“Draft FEC Rules Target Political Ads on Social Media”


The U.S. Federal Elections Commission is moving forward with a plan to introduce new rules on political advertising on social media ahead of the 2018 election cycle.

 The commission has a working draft of the rules in front of it now, longtime Democratic FEC Commissioner Ellen Weintraub said Monday at a technology conference in Washington, though she divulged few details.
  “I’m hoping that we are going to be able move this rule-making forward within this election cycle,” Weintraub, one of five members of the bipartisan FEC commission, said. A sixth spot on the commission remains vacant.
 The FEC agreed in late 2017 to come up with new rules after congressional committees hammered social media companies about how their platforms were used by Russian state agents to increase discord during the 2016 presidential election. Most lawmakers want rules that apply the same disclosure requirements that TV and radio ads have to the internet.
The FEC’s draft rules focus narrowly on ads that directly advocate for a particular candidate, rather than the broader threshold some lawmakers have proposed that would require disclosure for ads about any issue of “national legislative importance.”

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