American Gunster Game' title='American Gunster Game' />Facebook employs ex political aides to help campaigns target voters Technology. Facebook has stepped up attempts to build its influence as a political tool by giving jobs to former senior Conservative and Labour campaign officials. The Guardian has learned Facebooks recruits have inside knowledge of how the major parties general election campaigns are likely to work. They include a former Downing Street adviser to David Cameron, a former aide to Ed Balls and a social media expert who worked with the Conservatives election strategist Lynton Crosby. On Monday, the company confirmed it employed staff, whose role it is to help politicians and governments make good use of Facebook. Campaign strategists for both Donald Trump and the Leave. EU campaign have said that reaching voters on Facebook has become pivotal to election success. Both Labour and the Conservatives have teams dedicated to targeted Facebook advertising and are thought to be preparing to hand the San Francisco company well over 1m in the coming weeks. American_Gangster_cover.jpg' alt='American Gunster Game' title='American Gunster Game' />There has been growing concern about the ability of politicians to track the interests of Facebook users in order to micro target voters. There are 3. 1m registered Facebook accounts in the UK. The Electoral Commission is investigating whether Leave. EU failed to declare spending or support from Cambridge Analytica, a Washington based company that claims to be able to target voters based on psychometric profiling gleaned from their social media activity. Leave. EU denies any wrongdoing. Rishi Saha, pictured in 2. Photograph Suki Dhanda for the Observer. Facebooks policy and politics teams include Rishi Saha, a former head of digital communications at Downing Street Karim Palant, a former chief policy adviser to Balls, Labours shadow chancellor and Theo Lomas, a former political consultant for Crosby Textor, the PR firm of the man running the Tories 2. They have created these links into the campaigns so they can whisper in the parties ears, say we know what you need, why dont you come and spend some money with us, claimed a source with knowledge of the strategy. Their job is to persuade political campaigns to use Facebook. During the 2. Conservatives spent more than 1m on Facebook advertising Labour sources have indicated they are prepared to spend a similar amount in the coming weeks. Lomas works for Facebooks government and politics team, which helps parties and MPs use Facebook. 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Saha helped Cameron detoxify the Conservative brand from as early as 2. No 1. 0s head of digital communications. He joined Facebook in 2. AppStoreZaone/images/mzl.xfrirprq.1024x1024-65.jpg' alt='American Gunster Game' title='American Gunster Game' />Issuu is a digital publishing platform that makes it simple to publish magazines, catalogs, newspapers, books, and more online. Easily share your publications and get. Craig Elder, the Conservatives current social media campaign consultant, used to work for Saha at party HQ. Facebook declined to comment in detail on the roles of the former party aides. But speaking to BBC1s Panorama on Monday, Simon Milner, Facebook UKs head of policy, confirmed the companys staff worked closely with political parties. One of the things we are absolutely there to do is to help people make use of Facebook products, he said, in a programme that explored how political campaigns capitalise on Facebook users personal information. Referring to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trumps US presidential election campaigns, Milner said I cant give you the number of exactly how many people worked with these campaigns. But I can tell you that it was completely demand driven, so it was really up to the campaigns. Gerry Gunster, an American strategist who worked for Leave. Maxtor Blackarmor Software. EU during last years Brexit referendum campaign, told Panaroma that Facebook was a game changer. You can say to Facebook, I would like to make sure that I can micro target fishermen in certain parts of the UK so that they are specifically hearing that if you vote to leave that you will be able to change the way that the regulations are set for the fishing industry. Now I can do the exact same thing for people who live in the Midlands, who are struggling because the factory has shut down. So I may send a specific message through Facebook to them that nobody else sees. Political parties have huge lists of email addresses, telephone numbers and Facebook IDs that they can use to target Facebook users with bespoke messages. One digital campaigner told the Guardian that the main parties and other pressure groups, such as the Taxpayers Alliance and 3. Degrees, are likely to have the details of around 1. UK voters. This is where you can do the interesting stuff, said the campaigner, who wished to remain anonymous. You are not just advertising to them once if they click, you know a specific person has shown an interest. You can feed that back and know who and where they are, down to the postcode. Then you can change the messaging to suit what you need politically. Parties can also target opposition supporters by buying data that indicates party affiliation. In 2. 01. 5, Jim Messina, the former Barack Obama strategist turned Conservative adviser, masterminded a micro targeting campaign in the south west of England that contributed to wiping out the Liberal Democrats in the region.