In an effort to prevent Russian meddling and other dark forces from impacting New York elections, the state Assembly passed the “Democracy Protection Act” Wednesday that would require Facebook and other social medial platforms to disclose the source behind their digital political ads.
“Social media and digital advertising have drastically changed how we receive political advertisements today,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx).
“The most recent election brought to our attention a serious need to reevaluate how we safeguard our electoral process to ensure the integrity of our democracy.”
Under federal law, most political advertising on television and radio must disclose the organization or individual paying for the advertisement.
But the law does not include online political advertisements.