The entertainment business is a big advertiser but has been noticeably silent as other industries protest the social network’s handling of hate speech.
The ruse discovered Wednesday included bogus tweets from Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Mike Bloomberg and a number of tech billionaires including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Celebrities were also hacked. Hackers used social engineering to target some of Twitter’s employees and then gained access to the high-profile accounts. The attackers sent out tweets from the accounts of the public figures, offering to send $2,000 for every $1,000 sent to an anonymous Bitcoin address.
Facebook executives are considering a temporary ban on political advertising in the final days before the U.S. election in November as the company continues to grapple with a large advertising boycott, employee unrest and other issues related to its policies on hate speech and misinformation, according to two people familiar with the company’s thinking.
A new audit warns that Facebook may be “driving people toward self-reinforcing echo chambers of extremism.”
Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s top executives, engaged in “spin” during a meeting over hate speech, civil rights groups said.
The debate over censorship and Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is thorny, contentious and outdated.
The internet is changing, and the freewheeling, anything-goes culture of social media is being replaced by something more accountable.
With more than 400 brands committing to a Facebook boycott, the social giant is struggling to explain its position on hateful and hostile content.
Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish from Facebook on Wednesday, after the failure of last-ditch talks to stop a boycott over hate speech on the site.
Google’s YouTube has banned several white supremacist channels. Those banned include some of the net’s most high-profile far-right commentators, including former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke; Canadian white nationalist activists/conspiracy theorist Stefan Molyneux; and U.S. white supremacist Richard Spencer, said to have coined the term “alt right.”
Both Twitch and Reddit have made moves against the president’s political content, citing violations of terms of service. Twitch confirmed today that it has temporarily suspended the president’s account. “Hateful conduct is not allowed on Twitch,” a spokesperson for the streaming giant said.
Verizon said on Thursday it is pulling advertising on Facebook until the company “can create an acceptable solution that makes us comfortable.” A company spokesperson said the pause applies to both Facebook and Instagram. It comes as marketers including Ben & Jerry’s, Patagonia and REI have also said they plan to pause advertising on the platforms.
The #StopHateForProfit boycott organized by civil rights groups against Facebook advertising may not serve to make a dent in the tech giant’s massive revenue, at least in the short term — as various analysts continue to point out. But it’s clearly worrying CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his senior executives, who are now reaching out to major ad industry players to try to calm their growing concerns about supporting a platform that has become associated with spreading racist, violence-inciting hate messaging from President Donald Trump and right-wing extremists.
Though July is typically a busy season for Ben & Jerry’s and Eddie Bauer, consumers won’t find the brands on Facebook that month. On Tuesday, both companies said they were joining the boycott against Facebook and Instagram, voicing their support for the “Stop the Hate for Profit” campaign.
Mark Zuckerberg has forged an uneasy alliance with the Trump administration. He may have gotten too close.
In a blog post on the social network’s website, Chief Operating Officer Sandberg said Facebook will have 30% more people of color, including 30% more Black employees, in leadership positions within the next five years.
YouTube is experimenting with new ways to make video ads actionable, drive leads to increase performance, and automate content delivery across the platform. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned YouTube’s direct-response business during the company’s 1Q earnings call in April, saying it has been a profitable focus for the company. Advertisers requested the support.
FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said today that for the commission to consider President Trump’s executive order on social media during the run-up to the election “risks producing a chilling effect construed to make social media companies less willing to flag misinformation.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will introduce legislation today that would give consumers grounds to sue companies like Facebook or Twitter over accusations of selective censorship of political speech.
The change lets Facebook play both sides of the debate about political advertising on social media.
Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said he’s unsure whether his agency has the authority to carry out President Trump’s executive order targeting tech firms’ legal protections.
The campaign will urge its supporters to push the social media giant to strengthen its rules against misinformation and harmful comments.
Ever since Mark Zuckerberg defended the platform’s hands-off policy toward posts by President Trump that contained misinformation or promoted violence, some companies are staying away.
Digital rights groups and the ad industry view President Trump’s recent order regarding social media as a threat to the First Amendment. But four Republican senators said Tuesday the order marks an “important step” to addressing “censorship” by social media companies.
TikTok’s popularity skyrocketed with the help of short, quirky dance and lip-syncing videos. Now the social media app is betting that live broadcasts and educational content will play a bigger part in its future.
Many in tech cheered when Twitter added labels to President Trump’s tweets. But civil libertarians caution that social media companies are moving into uncharted waters.
FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr has tripped over himself publicly enthusing about President Trump’s executive order calling on the FCC to police social media. In his attempts to ingratiate himself with the president, he’s forgetting it’s Congress’ decision whether or not to give the agency oversight and enforcement duties over such media. ~ Also, remembering LPTV champion Mike Gravino.
Snap Inc. announced Wednesday that it will no longer promote President Trump‘s Snapchat account after concluding that some of his tweets from over the weekend promoted violence. His account will stay up on the social media platform, but will no longer be promoted on the app’s Discover page, according to the company.
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The Center for Democracy and Technology, a Washington-based tech group supported by Facebook, Google and Twitter, filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Tuesday, alleging that his executive order targeting social media giants threatens to “curtail and chill constitutionally protected speech” during the presidential election.
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