The Dark Patterns Tipline Wants To Know How Sites Deceive You

If you’re fed up with apps and websites using shitty psychological tactics—aka dark patterns—to coerce you into clicking, then good news: there’s finally a way to put them on blast. Consumer Reports teamed up with a cavalcade of researchers and policy wonks to roll out the Dark Patterns Tip Line on Tuesday, a project that […]

How Ad Targeting Reinforces Bias – AdMonsters

It’s a harrowing time. First, we were hit with the COVID pandemic, and in recent weeks, protests and discussions about racial inequities in America have taken the main stage. Businesses are questioning their operating practices (or sometimes being called out for them and canceled) and uncovering how unconscious biases might play a role in everything […]

Student’s School Apps Are Sharing Data With Third Parties

Over the past year, we’ve seen schools shift to digital services at an unprecedented rate as a way to educate kids safely during the covid-19 pandemic. We’ve also seen these digital tools slurp up these kid’s data at a similarly unprecedented rate, suffer massive breaches, and generally handle student’s personal information with a lot less […]

Facebook Bans Honest Signal Ads on Instagram

A series of Instagram ads run by the privacy-positive platform Signal got the messaging app booted from the former’s ad platform, according to a blog post Signal published on Tuesday. The ads were meant to show users the bevy of data that Instagram and its parent company Facebook collects on users, by… targeting those users […]

It’s wild how these adtech platforms are violating U.S. sanctions against Russia – BRANDED

It’s wild how these adtech platforms are violating U.S. sanctions against Russia Placing ads with the enemy Welcome back to BRANDED, the newsletter exploring how marketers broke society (and how we can fix it). Here’s what’s new with us: Two weeks ago, the U.S. Treasury made a very rare move. They announced new sanctions against […]

Experian Tracking People Likely to Get Impacted by Coronavirus

We don’t need to tell you that things are skewing shitty right now. Thanks to the current pandemic, Americans are losing long-loved relatives, , and losing the freedom to do most things . Understandably, plenty of folks are undeniably than they’ve been in recent memory. Another bummer? It turns out that the folks being hit […]