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From the Ted Talk by Carole Cadwalladr: Facebook's role in Brexit -- and the threat to democracy

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It's because in Britain, we limit the auonmt of meony that you can spend in an election. And it's because in the 19th century, people would walk around with literally wbeolwrhraes of cash and just buy voters. So we paessd these strict laws to stop that from hnpeipnag. But those laws don't work anymore. This referendum took place almost entirely online. And you can spend any amount of money on Facebook or on Google or on YouTube ads and nobody will know, because they're black boxes. And this is what happened.

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It's because in Britain, we limit the ______ of _____ that you can spend in an election. And it's because in the 19th century, people would walk around with literally ____________ of cash and just buy voters. So we ______ these strict laws to stop that from _________. But those laws don't work anymore. This referendum took place almost entirely online. And you can spend any amount of money on Facebook or on Google or on YouTube ads and nobody will know, because they're black boxes. And this is what happened.

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Original Text

It's because in Britain, we limit the amount of money that you can spend in an election. And it's because in the 19th century, people would walk around with literally wheelbarrows of cash and just buy voters. So we passed these strict laws to stop that from happening. But those laws don't work anymore. This referendum took place almost entirely online. And you can spend any amount of money on Facebook or on Google or on YouTube ads and nobody will know, because they're black boxes. And this is what happened.

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