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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Facebook Allowed Questionable Ads In German Election Despite Warnings

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

 

On Sept. 15, nine days before the elections in Germany, the Green party complained to Facebook about a popular series of attack ads deriding its stances on gender-neutral bathrooms, electric cars and other topics. The party accused the advertiser, Greenwatch, of providing false contact information on its Facebook page and blog, which would violate a German Media Authority regulation requiring accurate contact information.

But Facebook didn’t take down the ads or trace their origins. And after the election, Greenwatch disappeared.…

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Network And Cable News Ignore Rohingya Plight In Primetime

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

 

The Myanmar government’s military forces are conducting ethnic cleansing of the country’s RohingyaMuslim population — an ethnic and religious minority in Myanmar — through systematic violence and expulsion. Facing murder, rape, and now famine, hundreds of thousands have fled the country in recent months. Prime-time cable news and broadcast evening newscasts, however, have been reluctant to cover what the U.N. is calling a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

National newspapers like The New York Times and The Washington Post as well as Time magazine and NPR have reported extensively on the state-sponsored “clearance operations” with in-depth analyses and multimedia features devoted to the state-sponsored violence, but broadcast evening newscasts and prime-time cable news shows have been nearly silent on the issue.…

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New Fox Primetime Lineup Taking Bannon’s Side In GOP War

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, whose prime-time Fox News program debuts in two weeks, will headline a kickoff event tonight for Arizona state Sen. Kelli Ward’s insurgent primary campaign against Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), a critic of President Donald Trump.

A ticket to the general reception at the Hilton Scottsdale Report will cost you a $75 donation to Ward’s campaign (you’ll also get a free copy of Ingraham’s new book with admission). But attendees willing to shell out $2,700 will get access to a VIP reception, a signed copy of the book, a photo with the candidate and the radio host, and a shout-out at the event.…

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