“The city of Seattle, Washington, claims that Facebook has been violating its 1977 campaign finance law, which states that those who accept advertising dollars from political campaigns be transparent with the public about the “exact nature and extent of the advertising services,” as reported by Fast Company. If Facebook is found to be at fault, it could be liable for $5,000 per violation.

The Stranger says one possible reason for the mismatched numbers is that many of these Facebook ads are purchased through third parties, like political consultants, and not directly through the candidates’ own Facebook pages. Because of this, only showing the ads that were bought through a candidate’s Facebook page omits quite a bit of information and falls short of the transparency sought by Seattle’s 1977 campaign finance law.”

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