Facebook ads and the midterms: Who's trying to influence US voters?

Advertisers now have to say who paid for an ad, but not who they - or their funders - are

Wearing a pink hoodie, Lelia Johnson stands in her kitchen to address tens of thousands of US Facebook users in the run-up to this month's midterm elections.

"You want to make America great? Make it great in a way that affects everybody, not just the people at the top of the economic system," says the schoolteacher. "Politics should not be that much of your identity that you can't switch parties. You shouldn't say, 'I'm a Republican'. You should say, 'I'm currently in agreement with this part of the Democratic party, but this part of the Republican party'."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2018, with the headline 'Facebook ads and the midterms: Who's trying to influence US voters?'. Subscribe