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Bill in NY would ban anonymous political ads on Facebook

New York would require political ads on social media platforms such as Facebook to contain the name of the individual or group that paid for it under newly proposed legislation. (Photo: MGN)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York would require political ads on social media platforms such as Facebook to contain the name of the individual or group that paid for it under newly proposed legislation.

Democratic state Sen. Todd Kaminsky of Long Island announced his idea Tuesday, a day after Facebook handed over thousands of political ads to congressional committees investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Kaminsky says disclosing who paid for ads would discourage false and misleading statements while informing citizens about those trying to influence their vote.

The proposal, which would also apply to campaign mailers, could be considered when lawmakers reconvene next year.

Facebook says it's working to provide users with more information about political ads on its site. A spokesman says the company is open to reviewing Kaminsky's idea.

AP-WF-10-03-17 1936GMT

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