LGBTQ Content Filtering: Update #6

In the aftermath of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, an investigation by the House Intelligence Committee revealed there were approximately 3000 ads bought and ran by the “Russia-based Internet Research Agency between 2015 and 2017.” The purpose of these ads was not to support any one candidate in the election, but to gain following among groups […]

LGBTQ Content Filtering: Update #5

In this update I wanted to detail some of the interesting things I’ve found related to Facebook’s LGBTQ micro-targeting. I found multiple reports of gay men on Facebook being targeted with ads for conversion therapy. Although the number of users who saw these ads was small, it is nonetheless foreshadowing of other issues that could […]

LGBTQ Content Filtering: Update #4

So, throughout my project I’ve also been looking at how Facebook allows LGBTQ users to be specifically targeted and the potential implications of this. In the past, advertisers were allowed to exclude certain groups from seeing their ads based on categories like race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender, etc. This obviously seems very easy to abuse, […]