Facebook Employees Are No Longer Receiving Commissions on Sales of Political and Issue Ads

That sector made up a small slice of the company’s $55 billion-plus in 2018 revenue

Facebook will no longer pay out commissions when employees sell political ads on its platform.

Global elections public policy director Katie Harbath told Emily Glazer and Jeff Horwitz of The Wall Street Journal that the social network’s sales employees are no longer compensated based on goals related to the purchase of political and issue ads, both in the U.S. and globally.

Harbath also pointed out that the tools that potential political and issue advertisers must use are predominantly self-service, with Facebook employees only providing help with the registration process those advertisers are required to undergo, as well as when ads are stalled in the review process and other customer-service tasks.

And a former Facebook employee told Glazer and Horwitz that staffers who previously earned commissions on these types of ads had their base salaries boosted in order to make up the shortfall.




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