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Hillary Clinton addressed the heightened potential for foreign manipulation of elections via social media platforms ahead of the 2018 midterm elections in a tweet last night:

Brad Parscale, the Trump campaign's digital director, alleged that the Trump campaign had been able to push ads on Facebook with extremely low CPMs (cost per thousand impressions):

Clinton herself responded to this tweet regarding Parscale:

Clinton's tweet prompted a response from Facebook exec Andrew Bosworth (known to most as simply Boz):

  • "Lots of confusion about ads pricing today. Remember, price for any given impression is determined by an auction so by definition this pricing cannot be discriminatory."
  • "Two advertisers trying to reach different audiences will pay different amounts, but that’s the same with billboards or any other media (think times square vs rural Montana)"
  • "If you are measuring “cost per outcome” then obviously the creative plays a huge role, but that’s not the same as measuring cost per impression for the same audience"
  • "The only caveat is that our auction favors good creative which improves user experience. However that benefit is on the order of +/- 10%, meaningful for advertisers but far from 200x"

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