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Political ad men are dodging Facebook’s new privacy rules

Confused about Facebook’s new privacy rules? Don’t sweat it — there are ways around them. That’s the take from several leading digital political advertisers — including one Democrat and the other two Republican — who privately say they’ve already been finding and exploiting loopholes in Facebook’s new privacy rules as they gear up for the US midterm elections. In late 2017, for example, Facebook barred advertisers from using ads to circulate petitions — tools that had effectively enabled them to collect data from those who signed. Since then, however, one Republican ad consultant says he has gotten around the clampdown by simply placing Facebook ads that direct users to sign petitions on sites outside the social net ...