On a recent Wednesday afternoon in late May, roughly 30 Facebook Inc. employees gathered at the company’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters to talk about sexual harassment.
The group was there to consider a single, controversial Facebook post: an unsubstantiated list of more than 70 academics accused of predatory behavior, which also encouraged people to submit more “sexual harassers” to the list. The Facebook employees were asked to decide: Should the post remain up?
The reality is the group had no authority to determine the post’s fate—that had been decided years ago by Facebook’s content moderators, who decided to leave it up. The employees were instead gathered for a role-playing exercise, the latest in a series of simulations Facebook is running globally on its way to creating a new Content Oversight Board that will review controversial decisions made by the company’s content moderators. If someone believes their post was removed in Continue reading "Facebook is building an oversight board"
Former Vice President and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden took a thinly-veiled shot at rivals like Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) when he derided candidates whose approach is “let’s make everything free for everyone all of the time.”
This weekend, Biden gave his first cable news interview since entering the race when he sat down with MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton.
Sharpton began by asking Biden about his speech before the South Carolina Democratic Convention, noting that “you got into detail about how to deal with the tax code, and how what it would do in terms of money, which means a lot particularly in a state like South Carolina, huge black population, huge population that needs jobs, infrastructure development,” and asked, “Why is this so critical to you, and will this be a main theme in your campaign?”
“It’s a gigantic theme,” Biden said, adding Continue reading "Joe Biden Takes Shot at Rivals Like Bernie and Warren: I’m Not Saying ‘Let’s Make Everything Free for Everyone’"
While discussing political opposition to the Iran deal, Fox Business host LisaKennedy cited her personal experience living near a Synagogue to suggest that worshipers there disapproved of the nuclear agreement.
“I live next door to a synagogue, and when the president — President [Barack] Obama announced the Iran deal, there were many Synagogue-goers there who were very upset with President Obama at the time,” Kennedy said during Monday’s airing of Fox News Outnumbered.
“If you remember it, Chuck Schumer was also very vocal in the opposition to the deal. And the administration singled him out for criticism,” she continued. “But I think that now because you have seen how part of this might work and how it can easily fail that it is a good time for the Europeans, the U.S., and the Iranians to sit down and figure out a way to make this Continue reading "Fox’s Kennedy Makes Rock-Solid Case Against Iran Deal: ‘I Live Next Door to a Synagogue’ and They Were ‘Very Upset’"
Rep. Maxine Waters finds herself on the receiving end of some pretty harsh criticism after she tweeted her own rebuke of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Iran.
Last week an American drone was downed by Iranian military forces, which almost spawned a retaliatory strike by US Military. On Friday, Trump tweeted that the attack was “cocked and loaded” but called off the strike — and the potential deaths of 150 Iranians — was not proportional to the downing of an unmanned strike.
Waters called out Trump for “stopping” a strike against Iran and siding with Iran’s claim that the American drone was in Iranian airspace. U.S. military officials, however, have steadfastly claimed that the downed drone was in International air space. Water tweeted:
At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, Ad Age sat down with some of the brightest minds in advertising and marketing to discuss some of the bravest and most talked about ideas of this year, some of which also scored big Lions last week.
One of the most celebrated campaigns at Cannes was Droga5’s “The Truth Is Worth It” campaign for The New York Times, which earned the Grand Prix in both Film and Film Craft--the first time a single campaign has ever won both honors in the festival. The work was a testament to the power of deep collaboration between the agency and the brand it is creating for. The project wasn’t just about teamwork between creatives and marketers—it enlisted the help of the New York Times reporters themselves.
"We spent a lot of time with our journalists really trying to understand the process that went Continue reading "The stories behind big Cannes Lion winners and the riskiest advertising moves of the year"
Though it seems ancient by comparison, there was a time in the not-so-distant past in which a sitting president being accused of rape would be bombshell news. Wall-to-wall panel discussion on cable news suggesting a possible constitutional crisis and front page newspaper coverage with screaming headlines. This president, it seems is different, now we are so inured to sexual assault allegations against him.
New York magazine website The Cut first published the mag’s cover story Friday afternoon. In it, well-known Elle advice column E. Jean Carroll alleged that she was assaulted by the then-businessman Donald Trump in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the ’90s. As skeptics have pointed out, Carroll’s account originates from a soon-to-be-published book entitled What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal, which has raised reasonable questions about the self-promotional timing.
Yet in cable news interviews with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and CNN’s Alisyn CamerotaContinue reading "A Prominent Writer Accused President Trump of Rape and the Media Shrugged"
President Donald Trump, on Monday, announced sanctions against the supreme leader of Iran, the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, following the strike against a U.S. drone last week.
Speaking from the Oval Office, Trump outlined the sanctions on the Ayatollah, as well as Iran at large.
“We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran,” Trump said. “Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.”
Trump spelled out his rationale for sanctioning the Ayatollah specifically.
“The supreme leader of Iran is one who ultimately is responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime,” Trump said. “He’s respected within his country. His office oversees the regime’s most brutal instruments, including the Islamic revolution guard corps. Sanctions imposed through the executive order that Im about to sign will deny the supreme leader and the supreme leader’s office and others closely affiliated with him and the officer access to key financial resources and Continue reading "BREAKING: Trump Announces Sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader"
Ever fall into this trap? (1) You hit a news site’s paywall; (2) being a sneak, you open up the web page in an incognito browser window to get around it; but (3) the news site can tell you’re in incognito mode, figures you’re up to no good, and blocks the story you’re trying to read.
Well, (3) is about to go away in the web’s most popular browser; the countdown to your sweet release is on. (Or, you know, you could subscribe.)
The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and The Dallas Morning News — among others — all employ some version of such an incognito catcher. The next version of Google Chrome, due out on July 30, will stop them, rendering their metered paywalls significantly leakier.
(In other news: Publishers, apply now for some Google News Initiative dollars! Google’s looking for “creative
South Bend Mayor, and presidential hopeful, Pete Buttigieg held a town hall event Sunday evening in the college town over which he presides, and was met with protestors upset by the past firing of the city’s first African-American police chief, among other racial issues.
The View co-hosts took note of the passion on display and had harsh words for how Buttigieg handled his constituents upset with Mayor Pete’s performance.
Joy Behar kicked it off by saying Buttigieg should “fix what’s going on in South Bend” before trying to win the White House.
“Do your job first there, and then run for president,” Behar said.
Sonny Hostin, who went to college in South Bend, noted that Buttigieg “has a problem with the African-American community in South Bend which is 30% of the community. That’s significant.”
After a commercial break, Whoopi Goldberg chimed in, saying Buttigieg’s response to protesters revealed Continue reading "The View Buries Mayor Pete’s ‘Piss Poor’ Handling of Town Hall Protests: ‘Green Around the Edges’"
At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, return on investment was top of mind for all the advertisers and marketers who spend millions to be there.
According to the festival, attendees get reimbursed in creative knowledge (learning from the best of the best work winning the Lions) and business opportunities (102 brands, the most ever, were in attendance this year providing plenty of ways for agencies to form new partnerships).
Ad Age sat down with some high-profile executives to get a sense of what they felt they were getting out of Cannes, and discussed the trickiness of proving ROI in general.
Some go even on their own dime
Brian Wieser, who joined GroupM as global president of business intelligence in February from his role as senior analyst of Pivotal Research Group, says the trick to getting through Cannes is to start early.
"I have a very different approach to Cannes," Wieser said, who Continue reading "4 reasons that Cannes Lions was worth it for agencies—in an age when ROI is king"
Anyone who would vote for Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren is “darn stupid,” says former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee.
Appearing on Varney & Co. Monday, Huckabee ripped would-be Sanders and Warren voters over proposals from the candidates to forgive student loans.
“How stupid do they think American voters are?” Huckabee said. “And if one of those people get elected, they’re darn stupid.”
The proposals rankled Huckabee — who mockingly referred to Sanders as “Uncle Bernie,” and sarcastically suggested that he expand his loan forgiveness proposal to include car loans and mortgages as well.
“If we have enough voters whose I.Q. is in the single digits, we’ve got a problem, Houston,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee went on to rip Joe Biden, and the rest of the Democratic field, for embracing pie-in-the-sky policy proposals.
“Joe seems to be wanting to pander right along,” Huckabee said. “This is a group Continue reading "Mike Huckabee on Fox Business: Bernie Sanders Supporters Are ‘Darn Stupid’ With I.Q.s in the ‘Single Digits’"
Quartz Brief, the truly original mobile news app built around a chat interface and bots pre-fed with human prose, will die July 1, Digiday has reported. It was 3 years old.
It is survived by a different app that last year took its predecessor’s name — just plain ol’ Quartz — and a lengthy list of laudatory tweets from media people like me.
When the Quartz app debuted in 2016, it was immediately clear that it would be a big step away from the news app mainstream. No list of headlines here; a first-time user saw what looked like a chat interface, familiar from whatever app they use to trade barbs with friends, and a sort of textual uncanny valley: Am I talking with a bot? A person? A news organization?
The answer was a combination of all three. In real time, the app’s prose was being
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi revealed the contents of a phone call that caused President Donald Trump to delay scheduled mass deportations, saying that she told Trump, among other things, that, “You’re scaring the children.”
During an appearance at a “Speaker in the House” event in New York, Pelosi described lobbying faith-based organizations that support Trump to get them to oppose the mass deportations that had been scheduled for this past weekend.
Then, she spoke about the phone call she had with Trump last week, during which she apparently convinced him to postpone the raids.
“So when I spoke to the president, I said ‘Look, I’m a mom, I have five kids, …nine grandchildren, and you, children are scared,” Pelosi said. “‘You’re scaring the children of America. Not just those families, but their neighbors and their communities. You’re scaring the children.'”
“And I do think that Continue reading "Pelosi Reveals What She Told Trump on Mass Deportation Phone Call: ‘You’re Scaring the Children!’"
LiveRamp has agreed to acquire Boston-based Data Plus Math for $150 million, a move the company says will allow marketers to measure TV ad effectiveness across linear and advanced TV.
LiveRamp provides brands the ability to match their first-party data to platforms such as Pinterest, for example, so they can target specific people with ads. When coupled with Data Plus Math’s measurement capabilities, brands will soon be able to target defined customer segments so they can measure whether those customers made a purchase or downloaded an app as a result of ads shown through either linear or advanced TV.
LiveRamp is attempting to get a full picture of how people are consuming premium video content, as well as allow advertisers to measure the impact of their TV ads. For instance: NBC could strike a deal with Geico, saying it will continue to run its campaign until 100,000 people visit its website for Continue reading "LiveRamp inks deal to acquire Data Plus Math"
Every weekday we bring you the Ad Age/iSpot Hot Spots, new commercials tracked by iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company. The ads here ran on national TV for the first time on June 20.
A few highlights: Clif Bar & Company wants you to know that it’s family- and employee-owned, so it does “what’s right for you and the planet, not the suits” (cue an over-the-top scene of men and women in suits destroying nature). Martha Stewart pops up in two new comical Postmates spots (background courtesy of Ann-Christine Diaz in May: “Martha Stewart has a solution for your dinnertime screw-ups in Postmates’ first national campaign”). And online personal finance company SoFi wants you to “Get your money right.”