White House Adds Name of Luxembourg’s Gay First Gentleman to Caption After Online Outrage

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 earlier today: melania spouses 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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‘I’m Now the 44th-Best President!’: Trump Meets Ghost of Nixon in New Simpsons Short

The Simpsons 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 appears. “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!” Continue reading "‘I’m Now the 44th-Best President!’: Trump Meets Ghost of Nixon in New Simpsons Short"

#234: Manchester Papers Help Terror Victims with Crowdfunding Campaigns; Serial’s Julie Snyder on Success of S-Town Podcast

In the news this week, legacy media meets social media as the Manchester Evening News runs a crowdfunding and social media campaign to raise more than £1.5 million for victims of the terrorist attack outside a concert. And there have also been successful crowdfunding campaigns for two homeless men who helped victims and were hailed as heroes. Snapchat partners with media companies to produce shows specific to the platform, as more internal problems come to light at the newly public company. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos gives $1 million to provide more legal aid to journalists in the U.S. who are battling government interference and threats. Our Metric of the Week is Social Metrics, and we speak with Julie Snyder, co-creator of the Serial podcast and executive producer of S-Town, on how she handles success in podcasting. Don’t have a lot of time to spare, but still want to
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Netizen Report: In India and Jamaica, Women Face Threats for Resisting Misogyny Online

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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Must Reads in Media & Technology: May 26

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Facebook will let publishers convert Instant Articles to Google AMP and Apple News formats

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"

How Publishers Fought Back by Touting ‘Brand Safety’ at NewFronts

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. YouTube and Facebook’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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