MRC Asked To Audit Facebook Policies, Brand Safety Controls

Besieged by a rapidly expanding advertising boycott, Facebook on Monday outlined additional measures designed to protect brands on its platform.

With the help of the Media Rating Council (MRC), Facebook will evaluate its partner and content monetization policies and the brand-safety controls it makes available to advertisers -- although the audit ...

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  1. Tony Jarvis from Olympic Media Consultancy, June 30, 2020 at 2:37 p.m.

    On the one hand this MRC initiative could be applauded.  However on the other hand, is this too little too late and too dangerous for MRC especially when Facebook is a member of MRC!!!? 
    Fakebook and Mark Zuckerberg have built a consistent track record of delay, obfuscation, interminable delays and minimal policy decisions to ensure they still reap in the $billions to their communications "sewer" (per Joe Scarborough). 
    MRC must be reminded that a UK Parliamentary Committee report called FB "digital gangsters".  MZ was ultimately a no show to this Commitee therby delaying their final report by close to 6 months.   And remember Cambridge Analytica?
    When, and only when, Facebook is removed as an MRC member should MRC even consider  this project.  And then it should immediatley reject "helping" this toxic pariah. 
    George:  Don't be played by FB like they have done with so many other terrific organisations.  If you follow this advice I suggest you will be in the best of company.  MRC's many advertiser members will be applauding!  And, some current non-members from all over the ad and media industry will be enthusiastically joining MRC.  Next? 

  2. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, June 30, 2020 at 3:29 p.m.

    Another point about an "audit" of this sort. Many people misinterpret such "audits" as endorsements or verifications of accuracy---especially in audience surveys. While I am all in favor of MRC and its past performance in this regard, what is really being done is auditing a party to see if it is actually doing what it says it is doing---and doing so in a proper manner. So if FB passes such a test---and I'm sure that it will be a fair one---even if FB remains an MRC member---that does not necessarily mean that what is being done is the right thing. It's a start in that direction---but is not to be taken as an independent judgement that the problem at issue is really being solved or dealt with effectively.

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