The Digital Iraq Network (DIN), an independent organization, published a report revealing that nearly one billion Iraqi dinars (850,000 US dollars) was spent on 44,000 political ads on the Facebook platform during the recent elections.
The report issued by the network today, Saturday, stated that "43,900 political ads were published on the Facebook platform, on which 20 million users from Iraq are active."
He added, "The advertisements were done for the period between August-October 2021, and nearly one billion Iraqi dinars were spent on them, as Baghdad topped the provinces with the highest spending, then the provinces of Sulaymaniyah and Erbil."
The network indicated that “Facebook” announced last July that Iraq included among the countries in which political ads are restricted with the approach of the recent elections, and indicated that it will archive the details of political advertising campaigns for many years, allowing users to refer to them.
According to the network, the “Facebook” company approved several ads in different governorates, and “Facebook” data did not show accurate amounts for the ads, in addition to the use of some pages of traditional manipulation in writing phrases with political content to bypass their discovery by “Facebook” algorithms, such as adding punctuation between Letters of words so that they are humanly intelligible and cannot be detected mechanically.
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