Facebook Blocks 2.2M Political Ads

Facebook tagged warnings to 150 million misleading election-related posts, and 2.2 million ads were rejected because they failed to complete the political ad authorization process.

Twitter CEO Says Blocking New York Post Article Without Context Was Wrong

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Friday his company had been wrong to block links to an article making claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son. “Our goal is to attempt to add context, and now we have capabilities to do that,” he tweeted here.

Pai: FCC Will Clarify Sec. 230

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has signaled he plans to follow President Trump’s lead and “clarify” Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. He also says he has been assured by FCC lawyers that the FCC has the authority to do so. ““As elected officials consider whether to change the law, the question remains: What does Section 230 currently mean?,” Pai said in a statement. “[M]any advance an overly broad interpretation that in some cases shields social media companies from consumer protection laws in a way that has no basis in the text of Section 230. The commission’s General Counsel has informed me that the FCC has the legal authority to interpret Section 230.  Consistent with this advice, I intend to move forward with a rulemaking to clarify its meaning.”

Twitter, Facebook Block NY Post Biden Story

Facebook and Twitter cast doubt on a New York Post story that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, taking proactive steps to restrict dissemination of the story in the hours after it was published on Wednesday.

Facebook Bans Ads That Discourage Vaccinations

Facebook said Tuesday it is launching a new global policy that bans ads that discourage people from getting vaccines. The company previously had a policy against vaccine hoaxes that were publicly identified by global health organizations.

YouTube Tops Facebook For Sports Highlights

YouTube has supplanted Facebook as the most popular social media platform for viewing sports highlights, according to a new survey from Ring Digital. The research firm surveyed 1,400 sports video highlights viewers in August and found that 53% of respondents use YouTube for sports highlights on a regular basis, compared to 45% of respondents who said they use Facebook regularly.

Facebook Bans Holocaust Denial On Its Platform

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Monday that the tech giant would be expanding its hate speech policies to ban any content that “denies or distorts the Holocaust.”

C-SPAN Says Steve Scully’s Scaramucci Tweet Was Bogus

Groups Say New YouTube Kids Content Should Be Commercial Free

Facebook To Stop Political Ads After Nov. 3

Facebook announced significant changes to its advertising and misinformation policies, saying it will stop running political ads in the United States after polls close on Nov. 3 for an undetermined period of time. The changes, announced on Wednesday, come in an effort to “protect the integrity” of the upcoming election “by fighting foreign interference, misinformation and voter suppression”, the company said in a blogpost.

Facebook Deletes Trump COVID Post

Facebook has deleted a post in which President Trump had claimed Covid-19 was “less lethal” than the flu. Twitter hid the same message behind a warning about “spreading misleading and potentially harmful information”.

Facebook To Ban All QAnon Accounts

Facebook said Tuesday that it will remove Facebook pages, groups and Instagram accounts for “representing QAnon” — even if they don’t promote violence. The social network said it will consider a variety of factors to decide if a group meets its criteria for a ban, including its name, the biography or “about” section of the page, and discussions within the page, group or Instagram account.

NBC Extends Olympics Deal With Twitter Through 2022

Facebook, Twitter Flounder In QAnon Crackdown

the social media companies still aren’t enforcing even the limited restrictions they’ve recently put in place to stem the tide of dangerous QAnon material, a review by The Associated Press found. Both platforms have vowed to stop “suggesting” QAnon material to users, a powerful way of introducing QAnon to new people.

Facebook Bans U.S. Ads That Call Voting Fraud Widespread Or Election Invalid

Federal Judge Postpones Trump TikTok Ban

The ruling followed an emergency hearing Sunday morning in which lawyers for TikTok argued that the administration’s app-store ban would infringe on First Amendment rights and do irreparable harm to the business.

TikTok Bans Some Advertisements

TikTok on Wednesday announced plans to tighten its advertising policies on weight loss and dieting products such as fasting apps and weight-loss supplements, and increase restrictions on ads that promote a harmful or negative body image.

China Threatens To Kill TikTok Deal

China has no reason to approve the “dirty” and “unfair” deal that allows Oracle and Walmart to effectively take over TikTok based on “bullying and extortion,” slammed an editorial published Wednesday in China Daily, an official English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

Social Media Platforms Put Muscle Into National Voter Registration Day

ByteDance, Oracle Stalled Over TikTok Terms

ByteDance and Oracle Corp issued conflicting statements on Monday over the terms of an agreement they reached with the White House over the weekend to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, casting doubt on President Donald Trump’s preliminary blessing of the deal.

Trump Backs Proposed TikTok Deal

Trump said the proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart will result in a new company likely to be based in Texas. “I have given the deal my blessing,” he said. “If they get it done, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s OK too.”

US Bans WeChat, TikTok From App Stores

The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20, to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The order follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. President Donald Trump has pressured the app’s Chinese owner to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to a domestic company to satisfy U.S. concerns over TikTok’s data collection and related issues.

Officials: Trump To Block U.S. Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat On Sunday

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order today that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on this Sunday, Sept. 20, according to three officials.

Backlash Grows To TikTok-Oracle Deal

Senate Republicans and others criticized the latest plan to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States, citing national security concerns.

 

TikTok Owner Picks Oracle Over Microsoft

TikTok’s owner ByteDance has chosen Oracle over Microsoft as its preferred suitor to buy the popular video-sharing app, according to a source familiar with the deal.

ESPN Expanding Sports Betting Footprint with Digital Show, YouTube Channel

On the heels of the opening of its new studio on the Las Vegas Strip and the return of its sports betting television program Daily Wager, ESPN is expanding its sports betting footprint with Monday’s debut of Bet, a new half-hour program that will stream three nights per week on digital platforms. Also on Monday, ESPN is […]

Why Facebook’s Blocking Of New Political Ads May Fall Short

There are still many ways that voter misinformation can spread on the social network, even as it moves to cut off new political ads on Oct. 27.

Facebook Moves To Limit Election Chaos

The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.

Fake Biden Video Shared By Trump Adviser Labeled ‘Manipulated Media’ By Twitter

TikTok US Sale Faces Fresh Hurdle

New Chinese government restrictions could complicate ByteDance plans to sell TikTok to a U.S. company and avoid a ban threatened by Donald Trump. Late on Friday, Beijing issued new restrictions or bans on tech exports, requiring companies to seek government approval — a process that can take up to 30 days. In mid-August, Trump gave the company 90 days to sell or face a shutdown.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why TikTok May Not Survive Being Sold

The magic behind the app was made in China — and it’s not clear that Microsoft, Walmart or Oracle can recapture it.

Walmart, Microsoft Teaming On TikTok Bid

Walmart says it’s teaming up with Microsoft in a bid for TikTok. The retail giant confirmed to CNBC that it’s interested in buying the popular short-form video application. Walmart shares are up nearly 5% on the news.

TikTok Teens Are Obsessed With ‘Criminal Minds.’ They May Change TV Fandom Forever

TikTok CEO Kevin Mayer Resigns After 3 Months

His resignation follows President Donald Trump’s order to ban TikTok unless its parent company, ByteDance, sells its U.S. operations to an American company within 90 days. Mayer said that his decision to leave comes after the “political environment has sharply changed.”

How TikTok’s Talks With Microsoft Turned Into A Soap Opera

Neither side wanted a big deal. But what began as talks about a small investment ballooned with interventions from President Trump.

 

General Atlantic, Sequoia Said Driving TikTok Bid

General Atlantic and Sequoia Capital — two major investors in Chinese company ByteDance, parent company of TikTok — are “maneuvering” to be part of the potential bid to acquire TikTok’s U.S. operations. The group led by the two investment firms includes Oracle, sources say.

Facebook Weighs ‘Kill Switch’ For Political Ads After U.S. Election

Trump Seeks SCOTUS OK To Block Twitter Critics

The administration said in a high-court filing Thursday that Trump’s @realdonaldtrump account with more than 85 million followers is his personal property and blocking people from it is akin to elected officials who refuse to allow their opponents’ yard signs on their front lawns.

COMMENTARY

NBC’s Mea Culpa Can’t Undo The Damage Done

Margaret Sullivan: “Some corrections are almost pointless, such as the one that prompted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to light into NBC on Wednesday morning. Her complaint identifies one of the problems with corrections by news organizations: They rarely — and maybe never — can undo the damage caused by the original error.”

Strategies To Improve Your Social Presence

On a daily basis, news reporters have to cultivate a successful social media presence where they are expected to publish meaningful content and engage with the audience. This often means having a digital-first storytelling plan in place that may not overlap with traditional news reporting. Here are some suggestions on how to improve social media presence.