The US Federal Election Commission is considering stricter rules for political advertising. The move follows revelations that Russian state-backed agents used the likes of Facebook and Google to influence Americans on political issues in the run-up to the last presidential election.
The FEC’s proposed new rules would necessitate greater disclosure for online advertising, requiring ads to include the names of sponsors in a “clearly readable” format.
It appears that Russian activity on social networks is set to increase. The Internet Research Agency, which has been held responsible for online trolling in the US and across Europe, has now moved into much bigger premises in St Petersburg. The agency is reportedly operated by Putin ally Yevgeny Prigozhin.