Anti-Choice Groups Used Geolocation Data to Target Planned Parenthood Visitors
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According to sources and documents, a Midwest antiabortion group called the Veritas Society used cellphone location data to target online content to visitors of certain Planned Parenthood clinics.
The nonprofit fund established by the organization Wisconsin Right to Life was using precise geolocation data to target those ads from as early as November 2019 through late last year. Sources say the campaign used a common digital-advertising technology called geofencing to extract the unique device identifiers of phones carried into Planned Parenthood and other abortion providers.
It then used those device IDs to target those people on popular social networking sites such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat with antiabortion messaging. All three social networks said the ads violated their policies and sai…
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