If Facebook wants to continue hosting political ads, including half-true ones, then it should stop profiting from them and handle them like public service announcements. advertisement advertisement This might lend some credence to the company’s position that it continues hosting political ads mainly for the sake of free speech, democracy, and the public good, which Mark Zuckerberg suggested in his “free speech” speech at Georgetown’s Gaston Hall Thursday. Zuckerberg said he actually considered banning political ads from Facebook altogether, reasoning that the public relations benefit of doing so might outweigh the financial loss, but thought better of it. “. . . political ads are an important part of voice—especially for local candidates, up-and-coming challengers, and advocacy groups that may not get much media attention otherwise,” Zuckerberg said. “Banning political ads favors incumbents and whoever the media covers.” … [Read more...] about Zuckerberg’s take on political ads is tone-deaf in the Trump Age
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Today Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Pence, will testify before the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings against President Trump. The hearings revolve around a July 25th call in which the U.S. president is alleged to have asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to publicly state the Ukrainian government is opening an investigation into Joe Biden’s son in return for the U.S. granting aid to Ukraine. Biden is one of the most prominent Democrats opposing Trump in the 2020 election, and it’s thought that an announcement into investigations against his son, Hunter, could damage his campaign chances. You can watch the hearings live below when they begin at 9 a.m. ET today. A second set of hearings will start at 2:30 p.m. ET and involve testimony from Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s top expert on Ukraine. You can check out both hearings live below. advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Here’s how to watch the Trump impeachment hearings today
If we want to avoid the most devastating consequences of global warming—things like mass starvation, frequent natural disasters, and the drowning of coastal cities—we’ll need to radically transform the way we live. Last year, the United Nations convened a group of 91 scientists who analyzed more than 6,000 scientific studies to come up with guidelines that will help world leaders mitigate the worst impacts of climate change. One of those scientists, Myles Allen of Oxford University, put it to the New York Times: “We need to . . . turn the world economy on a dime.” But given the scale of change needed to do so, it’s easy to feel powerless. After all, what can one person—or even one company—do to transform the world economy? advertisement advertisement Gucci’s CEO, Marco Bizzarri, doesn’t want business leaders to fall into a sense of paralysis. Today, he’s launching a program called the CEO Carbon … [Read more...] about Gucci took action on climate change. Now it’s daring other companies to do the same
advertisement advertisement In 2005 Emily May heard a horrifying story of a woman who’d been sexually harassed in a subway, she was outraged and fed up with the unreported and under-discussed epidemic of street harassment, so she decided to do something about it. So she started Hollaback!–an organization that allows people to visually or textually share their experience of street harassment online. Today over 2,500 people have uploaded their stories to Hollaback! from around the world, and Emily, 29, now serves as the Executive Director. The service has launched iPhone and Droid apps, too. Emily talked to Fast Company about the growth of Hollaback!, the difficulties of trying to create major change in our culture, and what it’s like to be on a power list with Nancy Pelosi and Rachel Maddow. What’s your big idea? Hollaback! is a movement dedicated to ending street harassment using mobile technology, media advocacy, and policy. By collecting women and … [Read more...] about Change Generation: Emily May, Executive Director, Hollaback!
The most-talked-about brand in America so far this week is . . . meth. advertisement advertisement Specifically, South Dakota meth. Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem launched a new anti-drug awareness campaign, aimed at getting all South Dakotans to work together to help solve the state’s growing problem with the drug. So far, so normal. What made this campaign grab national headlines and start trending on Twitter, though, is just how Noem’s campaign went about doing that. Namely, the tagline: “Meth. We’re on it.” Obviously it’s meant to convey both the scope of the problem—a lot of people are on meth!—and a statement of purpose to get “on it” to work on a solution, and Minneapolis-based ad agency Broadhead, which created the campaign, said in its proposal to the state that the tagline “I’m on Meth” is meant to create “a movement for all South Dakotans to take an active … [Read more...] about What South Dakota’s meth ads say about the sorry state of anti-drug PSAs