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Facebook won't stop letting politicians lie in ads

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Anyone who was waiting for Facebook to change its controversial political ad policies — particularly the one that allows politicians to lie with impunity — will have to keep waiting, the company made clear Thursday.

Driving the news: Facebook released a raft of small changes to its rules around political ads, including giving consumers the option to block political ads from their feeds.

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Facebook will make political ads optional for users

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Facebook said Thursday it will give consumers the option to stop seeing political ads in their feeds moving forward.

Why it matters: Facebook has been heavily criticized for its policies around political ads, especially for its decision not to fact-check political ads.

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Casper lists inability to control social media influencers as IPO risk

Kylie (L) and Kendall Jenner at the 2019 Met Gala. Photo: Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage

Mattress company Casper warned in its IPO filing Friday that social media influencers, used by the company as a marketing tool to boost brand recognition, could also pose a financial risk, the Financial Times reports.

Why it matters: The mattress-in-a-box brand is one of many that have taken advantage of the $8 billion influencer marketing industry through partnerships with celebrities like Kylie Jenner, who has more than 150 million Instagram followers. But those massive platforms come with risks, especially since the company can't control the non-branded content that influencers post.

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