Sarbanes Statement on Facebook’s New Rules for Political and Issue Ads


May 24, 2018
Contact: Daniel Jacobs
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Democracy Reform Task Force Chair Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.) released the following statement today after Facebook announced new rules for election-related ads and issue ads that run on its platform.

“Today’s announcement is a step in the right direction to provide Americans with more information and transparency about the ads that are shown to them on Facebook. However, more work remains. Facebook must go further to better protect its users’ personal data and privacy as well as take additional steps to ensure its outsized influence in our democracy is not abused. That’s why I will continue working with my colleagues in Congress to advance bipartisan reforms – like the Honest Ads Act – that guard against foreign meddling in our democracy, while seeking answers to difficult questions about the platform’s role in our democratic experiment.”

In late April, Congressman Sarbanes joined House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Ranking Member Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) in pressing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on a series of important questions left unanswered after Zuckerberg’s appearance before Congress. After more than a month, Facebook has not yet responded to the lawmakers’ concerns.