The White House has added the name of the First Gentleman of Luxembourg to a photo caption after online backlash to his name not being included.
This was the official photo posted to the White House Facebook page
The photo was taken at the NATO conference in Brussels, and it included Gauthier Destenay
, the spouse of Xavier Bettel
, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg.
The initial caption read thusly:
First Lady Melania Trump poses with Belgium’s Queen Mathilde, center, and other spouses of NATO leaders: First Lady Emine Erdoğan of Turkey; Iceland’s Thora Margret Baldvinsdottir; the First Lady of France Brigitte Trogneux; First Lady Melania Trump; Slovenia’s Mojca Stropnik; Bulgaria’s Desislava Radeva; Belgium’s Amélie Derbaudrenghien, and Norway’s Ingrid Schulerud, during their visit Thursday, May 25, 2917, at the Royal Palace in Brussels. (Official White House Photo by Andrea Hanks)
But Destenay’s name is left out of that,
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released a new short Friday in which they lampooned President Donald Trump
to commemorate the 125 day mark of his administration.
In the sketch, Trump is seen laying on a bed in the White House with assorted books nearby such as; Two Scoops for Me
, How to Lose Friends and Piss Off Israel
, and I’m Still Fired
by Bill O’Reilly
. The premise of the sketch is that the President is trying to make nice with former FBI Director James Comey
“Let’s make a deal,” Trump says. “You hand over all your notes, and I’ll erase the tapes.”
But he quickly backpedals.
“I mean, there are no tapes! NO TAPES!”
Then, the ghost of Richard Nixon
“I just have one piece of advice,” Nixon says. “If you have tapes, burn ’em.”
The ghost adds, “Thanks to you, I’m now the 44th-best president!”
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Global Voices Advocacy’s Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world.
This week, The Guardian newspaper released a series of leaked documents
outlining Facebook’s internal policies and practices for moderating content on its platform. Among the many revelations, the stories make clear that sexual and gender-based harassment — ranging from threats of sexual violence to “revenge porn”
— remain an endemic problem on the platform and in real life.
Facebook also has increasingly become a space where users document their experiences of such incidents firsthand. This too can carry consequences, especially for women.
One recent example surfaced this week when Varsha Dongre, an Indian Civil Service officer and deputy superintendent of Raipur jail was suspended and transferred
to a remote prison (350km away from her current post) for speaking about human rights violations against indigenous Adivasi girls on Facebook. In
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Facebook said Thursday that it’s making it easier for publishers to export stories formatted for Instant Articles
to Google’s AMP and Apple News as well. The announcement comes as Facebook continues to try to woo publishers to the Instant Articles format; many have cooled on it, citing business pressures and technical restraints.
Facebook’s software development kit now lets publishers export stories to the AMP format, Facebook partner engineering director Piyush Mangalick
wrote in Facebook’s announcement
. Support for Apple News will “be available in the coming weeks.”
“The updated SDK transforms the markup publishers use to create Instant Articles to generate the code needed to build these other formats, removing what we’ve heard can be a resource-heavy step in publishing on multiple platforms,” Mangalick wrote. “With an easy way to get from one markup format to another, publishers can then plug-and-play the markup in their content management systems or Continue reading "Facebook will let publishers convert Instant Articles to Google AMP and Apple News formats"
The following piece is a guest post from Jessica Rovello, the CEO and co-founder of Arkadium, which provides interactive content to brands and publishers. Guest posts do not necessarily reflect the opinions of this publication. Read more about MediaShift guest posts here.
’s recent ad missteps were on full display at this year’s NewFronts. Publishers looked poised — and eager — to exploit the platforms’ gaffes in a bid to illustrate brand-safety and credibility (especially in the era of fake news), and ultimately lure back advertiser dollars. The event also served as a showcase for the industry to show how it plans to successfully navigate content development and innovation.
As always, household names in media flexed their creative muscles and showed advertisers what they have on deck for the coming year. Some outlets — including The New York Times, BuzzFeed, Refinery29, Time and many more — made
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