BUSINESS | Facebook Will Label Newsworthy Posts That Brakes Rules As Ad Boycott Widens

NEW YORK – Facebook Inc said on Friday it will start labeling newsworthy content that violate the social media company’s policies, and label all posts and ads about voting with links to authoritative information, including those from politicians.

A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed its new policy would have meant attaching a ling on voting information to U.S. President Donald Trump’s post last month about mail – in ballots. Rival Twitter had affixed a fact-checking label to that post.

Facebook has drawn heat from employees and lawmakers in recent weeks over its decisions not to act on inflammatory post by president.

‘There are no exceptions for politicians in any of the policies I’m announcing here today’, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

Zuckerberg also said Facebook would ban ads that claim people from groups based on race, religion, sexual orientation or immigration status are a threat to physical safety or health.

The policy changes come during a growing ad boycott campaign, called ‘Stop Hate for Profit’, that was started by several U.S. civil rights groups after the death of George Floyd, to pressure the company to act on hate speech and misinformation.

Zuckerberg’s address fell short, said Rashad Robinson, president of civil rights group Color of Change, which is one of the groups behind the boycott campaign.

‘What we’ve seen in today’s address from Mark Zuckerberg is a failure to wrestle with the harms FB has caused on our democracy & civil rights’, Robinson tweeted. ‘If this is the response he’s giving to major advertisers withdrawing millions of dollars from the company, we can’t trust his leadership’.

Shares of Facebook closed down more than 8% and Twitter ended 7% lower on Friday after Unilever PLC said it would stop its U.S. ads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the rest of the year, citing ‘divisiveness and hate speech during this polarized election period in the U.S.’,

More than 90 advertisers including Japanese carmaker Honda Motor, U.S. subsidiary, Unilerver’s Ben & Jerry’s, Verizon Communications Inc and The North Face, a unit of VF Corp, have joined the campaign, according to a list by ad activism group Sleeping Giants.

Hours after Facebook’s announcement, Coca-Cola Co said starting from July 1, it would pause paid advertising on all social media platforms globally for at least 30 days.

One of Facebook’s top spenders, consumer goods giant Protect & Gamble Co, on Wednesday pledged to conduct a review of ad platforms and stop spending where it found hateful content. P&G declined to say if it had reached a decision on Facebook.

The campaign specifically asks businesses not to advertise on Facebook’s platforms in July, though Twitter also long had been urged to clean up alleged abuses and misinformation on its platform.

‘We have developed policies and platform capabilities designed to protect and serve the public conversation, and as always, are committed to amplifying voices from under-represented communities and marginalized groups’, said Sarah Personetter, vice president for Twitter’s Global Client Solutions.

‘we are respectful of our partners’ decision and will continue to work and communicate closely with them during this time’.

In a statement, a Facebook spokeswoman pointed to its civil rights audit and investments in Artificial Intelligence that allow it to find and take action on hate speech.

‘We know we have more work to do’, she said, noting that Facebook will continue working with civil rights groups, the Global Alliance for Responsible Media, and other experts to develop more tools, technology and policies to ‘continue this fight’.


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NEWS | Saudi Deputy Defense Minister Hopes Peace Is Restored In Yemen Based On Riyadh Agreement

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FASHION | Billy Porter’s 2020 Emmys Ensemble Was Custom – Made By This Saudi Label

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NEWS | Bahrain Says Foiled ‘Terrorist Attack’ Backed By Iran In Early 2020

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BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

PARIS | FRANCE – LVMH said on Friday it had submitted its troubled takeover of Tiffany, which is now at the centre of  a legal dispute between the two groups, for EU approval as it seeks to counter accusations that it deliberately stalled antitrust proceedings. The French group’s $16 billion acquisition of the U.S. jeweler … Continue reading BUSINESS | LVMH Submit Disputed Tiffany Takeover For EU Clearance

TRAVEL | What You Need To Know About Travel Guidelines In Saudi Arabia

The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has released its updated traveler’s guide, which accommodates the ongoing pandemic after approving international travel for some exceptional cases. The new regulations entail that non – Saudis who are entering the Kingdom must provide a medical report of their coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test and its negative results, … Continue reading TRAVEL | What You Need To Know About Travel Guidelines In Saudi Arabia

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