Democrats demand answers from Facebook about ad targeting to teens

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Lawmakers are pressing Facebook for a detailed explanation of how ads are served to teen users — including whether the company incorporates data about teens' web use into its ad-serving algorithms.

“Targeted advertising to young users is manipulative because young people are more influenced by marketing, less likely to realize a piece of content is an advertisement, and less able to grasp the harms of vast data collection,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts), and Reps. Kathy Castor (D-Florida) and Lori Trahan (D-Massachusetts) say in a letter sent to Facebook on Monday.

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