Ad Targeting: US Politics (Very Liberal)

Over the last few months, I’ve had more than one friend tell me that there was no way Trump could win the presidency, as they only saw anti-Trump posts in their Facebook feeds. Which is why this excellent long read (I admit I haven’t finished it yet YOLO,) from John Herrman, a David Carr Media Fellow at The New York Times, should be required reading for everyone with an internet connection: Inside Facebook’s (Totally Insane, Unintentionally Gigantic, Hyperpartisan) Political-Media Machine.

The excellent daily newsletter The Political Edit reminded us yesterday that the Times tells us how to figure out what Facebook knows about your politics:

1. Go to facebook.com/ads/preferences

2. Click "Lifestyle and Culture" under the "Interests" (you may have to click the "More" tab)

3. Look what it says in the "US Politics" box.

In case you needed a reminder that I am indeed a biased human, yea, mine was pretty on-the-nose. Yikes.

According to a “source” talking to POLITICO, Hillary Clinton’s tech policy agenda was workshopped by over 100 industry leaders.

Peter Thiel just invested in a “litigation financing” startup that algorithmically determines whether or not a legal case will win, and then finances it for half of the eventual financial judgement. Oh legal system, this’ll end well.

And finally, We’re Working Harder Than Ever, So Why Is Productivity Plummeting? A reminder that working harder/longer does not mean you’re working better. And that I need to take a GD vacation.

Peace and love darlings,
Amy