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These Facebook Pages are spending thousands of pounds trying to influence your views on Brexit – 17.01.19

These Facebook Pages are spending thousands of pounds trying to influence your views on Brexit

New data from Facebook’s ad archive has revealed that a network of hard-Brexit and second referendum campaigning groups splashed more than £1 million on ads in the lead-up to Theresa May’s crucial Brexit vote — but their sources of funding remain unclear. Facebook has opened a new ad archive for US, UK, and Brazil political advertising after controversies stemming from the simple way people could buy political ads and target users.

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*Even with the archive and new rules governing political spending — for example, all UK political ads must now carry a “paid for by” label and breakdowns of who they’re targeting — stats such as this show that funders can still easily side-step being properly identified.*

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YouTube spotted testing new ‘Recommended Downloads’ feature

According to reports, YouTube is testing a new ‘Recommended Downloads’ feature within the downloads section of its app.

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*Other video streaming services like Netflix already have a recommendation feature, so YouTube will be playing catch-up here.*

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Spotify launches Car View on Android to make using its app less dangerous behind the wheel

Spotify is making it easier to use its streaming app in the car, when the phone is connected to the vehicle over Bluetooth. “Car View,” is a simplified version of the service’s Now Playing screen that includes larger fonts, bigger buttons, and no distractions from album art. In Car View, you’re only shown the track title and artist, so you can read the screen with just a glance.

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* While Spotify already offers several in-car experiences through integrations with other apps like Google Maps, Waze, as well as through Android Auto, using the music app while behind the wheel has, until now, been very distracting and difficult.

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