I found this story, reported at Buzzfeed, disturbing:
Extending the reach of its propaganda beyond its borders, Chinese state-owned media is running ads on Facebook seemingly designed to cast doubt on human rights violations occurring under the government’s mass incarceration of Muslim minorities in the country’s northwest Xinjiang region.
BuzzFeed News found three ads — two active and one inactive — within Facebook’s ad library extolling the alleged success stories of detainees at the camps and claiming that the detention centers were not meant to interfere with religious beliefs and practices. The two active ads had been placed in the last four days and were targeted to an audience in the United States and other countries.
Doesn’t running paid advocacy ads constitute agency? Is Facebook a news organization? I thought the company had explicitly denied that. If it’s not a news organization it isn’t excluded from the requirement to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Just for the record I don’t think that Facebook is a foreign agent. I just think they’re stupid, sloppy, and greedy. They shouldn’t be serving ads from foreign governments to U. S. users at all.