Ray McGuire Wants to Show He’s Not Just the Wall Street Candidate

Mr. McGuire has landed endorsements from Representative Gregory W. Meeks and three hip-hop giants as his campaign for New York mayor enters a crucial phase.

#black-people, #campaign-finance, #content-type-personal-profile, #democratic-party, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #political-advertising, #race-and-ethnicity, #rap-and-hip-hop

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Here’s How Democrats’ Voting Rights Law Would Work

The expansive measure would set a nationwide floor on ballot access, nullify many voting restrictions, change the way political districts are drawn and rein in campaign donations.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #democratic-party, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #law-and-legislation, #political-advertising, #presidential-elections-us, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #states-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements

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Facebook Ends Ban on Political Advertising

The social network had prohibited political ads on its site indefinitely after the November election. Such ads have been criticized for spreading misinformation.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook Lifts Ban on Political Advertising

The social network had prohibited political ads on its site indefinitely after the November election. Such ads have been criticized for spreading misinformation.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Facebook’s ‘Supreme Court’ Faces Its First Major Test

The questions are bigger than whether Trump should have been suspended.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #oversight-board-facebook, #political-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #trump-donald-j

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The Economic Case for Regulating Social Media

The core business model of platforms like Facebook and Twitter poses a threat to society and requires retooling, an economist says.

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Eric Garner’s Mother Endorses Raymond McGuire for Mayor

Gwen Carr said she was endorsing Ray McGuire because his financial background could help him lead New York’s recovery and make the city a “safer place.”

#carr-gwen-1949, #elections-mayors, #endorsements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #mcguire-raymond-j, #new-york-city, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #political-advertising

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Facebook Dials Down the Politics for Users

News feeds will start getting less political content in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia, the social network said, with the change reaching the U.S. in coming weeks.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Shaun Donovan’s First TV Ad Campaign Features Obama

Shaun Donovan, a former White House budget director, is rolling out his TV ad campaign and hoping his background in Washington will help him emerge from a crowded pack of candidates.

#donovan-shaun-l-s-1966, #elections-mayors, #new-york-city, #political-advertising, #primaries-and-caucuses

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New Democratic Ad Campaign Ties G.O.P. to QAnon

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has started a $500,000 effort on television and online portraying House Republicans as aligned with Marjorie Taylor Greene and QAnon conspiracy theories.

#conspiracy-theories, #democratic-congressional-campaign-committee, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #mitch-mcconnell, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #qanon, #republican-party, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Trump’s Sleight of Hand: Shouting Fraud, Pocketing Donors’ Cash for Future

With breathless, often misleading appeals, the former president promised small donors that he was using the money to fight the election results, but in fact stored much of it for future use.

#campaign-finance, #giuliani-rudolph-w, #philanthropy, #political-advertising, #powell-sidney-attorney, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j

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How Alvin the Beagle Helped Usher in a Democratic Senate

Senator Raphael Warnock was sworn in this week as Georgia’s first Black senator, and he arrived with a canny canine assist.

#campaign-finance, #georgia, #political-advertising, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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Inside Twitter’s Decision to Cut Off Trump

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive, had reservations about locking the president’s account. But the calls for violence that his tweets provoked were too overwhelming.

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Facebook will turn all US political advertising off again after Georgia runoffs

Georgia is the only state in the U.S. right now where Facebook allows political ads to run, but after Tuesday’s polls close that’s set to change.

According to Facebook’s site detailing changes to its ad policies and a story from Axios, the company will no longer allow political and social issue ads anywhere in the country, Georgia included, beginning early tomorrow.

Facebook told TechCrunch that the decision to toggle political ads in Georgia off again brings that state in line with its current “nationwide pause” on social issue, election and politics ads. A Facebook spokesperson declined to say when political ads will again be allowed or if permanently blocking them from the platform is under consideration.

The company first hit pause on those ad categories November 4 as a precaution designed to reduce misinformation in the U.S. presidential election. On December 16, the company re-allowed political ads in Georgia, inviting eager campaigns to pay to get their messages in front of Facebook users. It appears that some politicians, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) among them, pounced on Facebook’s Georgia loophole to raise money for themselves in spite of restrictions.

When political ads came flooding back in for Georgians, they edged out mainstream news sources, according to new reporting from The Markup. While that result is fairly intuitive, it does underline the outsized influence of targeting political advertising in Facebook’s information ecosystem.

Plenty of politicians and political groups are likely eager to get back to fundraising on Facebook. The company’s decision to keep the pause in place suggests that it’s still evaluating how — and perhaps if — it wants to handle political ads in the future. But Facebook also might be waiting for the storm to pass in light of the misinformation that plagued November’s drawn-out process of calculating election results.

It’s also worth noting that Facebook’s head of advertising integrity Rob Leathern left the company at the end of December, calling his team’s work on the 2020 U.S. election the “culmination of a huge amount of effort over several years.” Leathern helped sculpt the company’s policies around political advertising — decisions that were often controversial due to the prevalence of paid misinformation sweeping through the platform throughout 2020.

Because they will decide control of the Senate, the unusual pair of runoff races in a state that just flipped blue are high-stakes for both political parties. With a Democratic Senate, the Biden administration’s ambitious plans for things like COVID relief and the climate crisis will have a much better shot at becoming a reality. And for Republicans looking to stymie the president-elect’s policy priorities, extended control of the Senate would put a powerful barrier in Biden’s way.

 

#advertising, #facebook, #facebook-misinformation, #government, #misinformation, #political-advertising, #political-campaigning, #social, #tc

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Brad Parscale Fell From Trump’s Favor. Now He’s Plotting a Comeback.

Mr. Parscale, President Trump’s former campaign manager, was angry after he was demoted last summer, and wanted out of politics. That didn’t last long. He is starting a new political data company.

#content-type-personal-profile, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #parscale-brad-1976, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2016, #republican-party, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Now Airing on the Local News in Tennessee: Ads for Georgia Candidates

Nearly $470 million is set to be spent on ads for the Georgia Senate runoff races. With the airwaves already saturated, the candidates are heading across state lines to seek any possible advantage.

#alabama, #elections-senate, #florida, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #political-advertising, #warnock-raphael-g

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Why Georgia Runoff Ads Are Running on Tennessee’s News Stations

Nearly $470 million is set to be spent on ads for the Georgia Senate runoff races. With the airwaves already saturated, the candidates are heading across state lines to seek any possible advantage.

#alabama, #elections-senate, #florida, #georgia, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #political-advertising, #warnock-raphael-g

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Kelly Loeffler, a Wall Street Senator With a Hardscrabble Pitch

The hard right turn of Ms. Loeffler, one of two Republican candidates in Georgia’s pivotal Senate runoff elections, reflects the ideological gymnastics embraced by her party in the Trump era.

#agriculture-and-farming, #elections-senate, #georgia, #insider-trading, #loeffler-kelly-l, #political-advertising, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warnock-raphael-g

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Ad Spending Soars in Georgia Races With Stakes Far Beyond Georgia

With control of the Senate up for grabs, the two Georgia runoff races have come to feel more like national elections than statewide ones.

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Inside the Battle Between Biden and Facebook

What if neutrality isn’t neutral?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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5 Highlights of New York Mayor’s Race, as Spike Lee Weighs In

Ray McGuire grabbed attention with a campaign launch video, as New Yorkers get to know the candidates who have not run for office before.

#elections-mayors, #mcguire-raymond-j, #morales-dianne, #new-york-city, #political-advertising, #wiley-maya

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Georgia Is a Purple State, but Don’t Expect Centrist Politicians

Georgia flipped blue for Joe Biden, but in its all-important and costly Senate runoff elections, the Republicans are in full attack mode while the Democrats stick to a steady liberal message.

#conservatism-us-politics, #democratic-party, #elections-senate, #georgia, #liberalism-us-politics, #loeffler-kelly-l, #ossoff-jon, #perdue-david-a-jr, #political-advertising, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #warnock-raphael-g

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Businesses With a Give-Back Mission Caught in Facebook Ad Ban

Small enterprises that support homeless people, orphans and refugees are seeing their ads pulled as part of the social media platform’s ban on political advertising.

#corporate-social-responsibility, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #social-media

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The Democrats Went All Out Against Susan Collins. Rural Maine Grimaced.

The $180 million Senate contest, a political scientist said, “was like being a local in Woodstock in 1969: When it first started, it was exciting and fun, but by the end, it was muddy and dirty.”

#collins-susan-m, #elections-senate, #gideon-sara-1971, #maine, #political-advertising

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Biden Video Uses Artist’s Vision to Project a Unified Country

This postelection campaign offering employs Lorraine O’Grady’s concept of placing people inside frames to promote images of an inclusive, diverse America.

#art, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #lorraine-ogrady, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Facebook and Twitter Can’t Fix Our Elections

Tech companies aren’t going to dismantle the systems that are making them billions.

#facebook-inc, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #social-media, #united-states, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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What to Expect From Facebook, Twitter and YouTube on Election Day

The sites are key conduits for communication and information. Here’s how they plan to handle the challenges facing them before, on and after Tuesday.

#facebook-inc, #mohan-neal, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #youtube-com

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Trump Camp Uses Online Gimmick to Fuel Donations into December

The Trump campaign is now automatically checking a box to create recurring weekly donations from supporters until mid-December.

#actblue, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #pennsylvania, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #trump-donald-j, #winred

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Advertisers Flock to Election Night, When Live TV Is the Main Event Again

In a media environment dominated by streaming and battered by the pandemic, companies see a rare opportunity to catch a huge audience all at once.

#abc-inc, #cable-television, #cbs-corporation, #cnn, #fox-news-channel, #national-broadcasting-co, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #television

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I Approve This Message. Now, Remember Your Secrecy Envelope.

With fewer voters to persuade and more votes being cast early, some political ad campaigns are focused on getting people to send in their ballots, not on pitching a particular candidate.

#political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #voting-and-voters

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Stefanik’s Loyalty to Trump Is Flashpoint in $16 Million N.Y. Race

Representative Elise Stefanik’s strenuous defense of the president has enabled her Democratic opponent to raise $5 million. Ms. Stefanik has raised even more.

#campaign-finance, #cobb-tedra, #elections-house-of-representatives, #house-of-representatives, #new-york-state, #political-advertising, #stefanik-elise, #trump-donald-j

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California Tax Revolt Faces a Retreat, 40 Years Later

Proposition 13 in 1978 curbed property tax increases. Now voters may strip protection for commercial buildings, helping hard-hit local budgets.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #california, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #jarvis-howard-1903-86, #landlords, #local-government, #political-advertising, #property-taxes, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #recession-and-depression, #referendums, #small-business

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Sanders and Warren Accuse N.Y. Democrats of False Advertising

Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren say that their images were improperly used on a flier that they view as an attack on the Working Families Party.

#cuomo-andrew-m, #democratic-party, #new-york-state, #political-advertising, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #working-families-party

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Bloomberg Funds Last-Minute Advertising Blitz for Biden in Texas and Ohio

The billionaire former New York City mayor has concentrated largely on Florida in the general election. But his private polling found President Trump vulnerable in two of the country’s biggest red states.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bloomberg-michael-r, #democratic-party, #ohio, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #texas

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Win or Lose, It’s Donald Trump’s Republican Party

The G.O.P.’s politicians, activists and voters are still figuring out what that means.

#florida, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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Times Square Billboards With Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Stir Skirmish

The couple’s lawyer threatens to sue over scathing billboards that were put up by an anti-Trump group, the Lincoln Project.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kushner-jared, #lincoln-project, #manhattan-nyc, #outdoor-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #trump-ivanka

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It’s a Ballot Fight for Survival for Gig Companies Like Uber

A group that also includes Lyft and DoorDash has spent nearly $200 million to support a California proposition that could save them from a new labor law.

#california, #car-services-and-livery-cabs, #doordash-mobile-app, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #instacart, #khosrowshahi-dara, #labor-and-jobs, #lyft-inc, #mobile-applications, #political-advertising, #postmates-inc, #uber-technologies-inc, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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How Trump’s Cash Crunch is Affecting the Campaign’s Final Weeks

With far less money than anticipated, campaign officials are scrambling to address a severe financial disadvantage against Joseph R. Biden Jr., producing something of an internal blame game.

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Trump’s Campaign Cash Dwindled to $63 Million Entering October

New financial filings showed the extent of the president’s cash troubles, as he is now badly outmatched by Joe Biden.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #campaign-finance, #political-action-committees, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-national-committee, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

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How Joe Biden Became the Unlikeliest of Online Fund-Raising Superstars

Four inflection points transformed Mr. Biden from a pauper during the primaries to a powerhouse against President Trump.

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Trump Campaign Suggests Omarosa Manigault Newman Pay for $1 Million in Ad Spending

The suggestion emerged in an arbitration case over the critical comments Ms. Manigault Newman, a former White House aide, made about President Trump in her 2018 book “Unhinged.’’

#campaign-finance, #manigault-omarosa, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j

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Rep. Max Rose Seeks 2nd Term by Targeting Fellow Democrat: De Blasio

The Republican candidate is Nicole Malliotakis, but in a conservative congressional district, Mr. Rose is also happy to run against the mayor.

#elections-house-of-representatives, #malliotakis-nicole, #new-york-city, #political-advertising, #rose-max-1986, #staten-island-nyc

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Trump, Lagging in Polls, Tries to Project Strength: This Week in the 2020 Race

President Trump returned to the White House this week after his hospitalization for coronavirus. He is eager to get back on the campaign trail as his support is falling far behind Joe Biden in national polls.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #debates-political, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-donald-j, #white-house-coronavirus-outbreak-2020

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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

#computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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Take a Social Media Break Until You’ve Voted

Democracy would be better off for it.

#absentee-voting, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #news-and-news-media, #political-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

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With Trump Sidelined, His Campaign Promises MAGA as Usual

A campaign whose fund-raising, events and messaging have all been driven by President Trump says it will stay the course while he’s off the campaign trail.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #trump-coronavirus-positive-result, #trump-donald-j

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Facebook won’t accept ads that ‘delegitimize’ U.S. election results

Following a particularly dark and vivid display of the threats to the 2020 U.S. election during Tuesday’s first presidential debate, Facebook has further clarified its new rules around election-related ads.

Facebook is now expanding its political advertising rules to disallow any ads that “[seek] to delegitimize the outcome of an election” including “calling a method of voting inherently fraudulent or corrupt, or using isolated incidents of voter fraud to delegitimize the result of an election.”

Facebook Director of Product Management Rob Leathern, who leads the company’s business integrity team, announced the changes on Twitter.

Facebook says it will also not allow ads that discourage users from voting, undermine vote-by-mail or other lawful voting methods, suggest voter fraud is widespread, threaten safe voting through false health claims and ads that suggest the vote is invalid because results might not be immediately known on election night.

Both Twitter and Facebook recently issued new guidelines on how they will handle claims of election victory prior to official results, though Facebook’s rules appear to only apply to those claims if they’re made in advertising. We’ve asked Facebook for clarification about how those claims will be handled outside of ads, on a candidate’s normal account.

While Twitter opted to no longer accept political advertising across the board, Facebook is instead tweaking its rules about what kinds of political ads it will allow and when. Facebook previously announced that it would no longer accept ads about elections, social issues or politics in the U.S. after October 27, though political ads that ran before that date will be allowed to continue.

Facebook is already grappling with a deluge of attacks on the integrity of November’s U.S. election originating with President Trump and his supporters. During Tuesday night’s debate, Trump again cast doubt about voting by mail (a system already trusted and in use nationwide in the form of absentee ballots) and declined to commit to accepting election results in the event that he loses.

While the unique circumstances of the pandemic are leading to logistical challenges, voting through the mail is not new. A handful of states including Colorado and Oregon already conducted elections through the mail and vote-by-mail is just a scaled-up version of the absentee voting systems already in place nationwide.

On Wednesday, President Trump sowed conspiratorial ideas about defective ballots that were sent out in New York state as a result of vendor error. The state will reissue the ballots, but Trump seized on the incident as evidence that vote by mail is a “scam” — a claim that evidence does not bear out.

Trump’s attacks on the U.S. election are an unprecedented challenge for social platforms but also one for the nation as a whole, which has never in modern times seen the peaceful transfer of executive power threatened by a sitting president.

#2020-election, #donald-trump, #facebook, #joe-biden, #misinformation, #political-advertising, #tc

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False G.O.P. Ad Prompts QAnon Death Threats Against a Democratic Congressman

#conspiracy-theories, #house-of-representatives, #malinowski-tom, #national-republican-congressional-committee, #new-jersey, #political-advertising, #qanon, #threats-and-threatening-messages, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Political Groups Begin Dueling Over Barrett in a Costly Clash

The battle may near $40 million in spending and will help define the end of the presidential race, even if Democrats are unlikely to be able to stop the Supreme Court confirmation.

#barrett-amy-coney, #campaign-finance, #conservatism-us-politics, #political-advertising, #presidential-election-of-2020, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Cambridge Analytica’s former boss gets 7-year ban on being a business director

The former CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the disgraced data company that worked for the 2016 Trump campaign and shut down in 2018 over a voter manipulation scandal involving masses of Facebook data — has been banned from running limited companies for seven years.

Alexander Nix signed a disqualification undertaking earlier this month which the UK government said yesterday it had accepted. The ban commences on October 5.

“Within the undertaking, Alexander Nix did not dispute that he caused or permitted SCL Elections Ltd or associated companies to market themselves as offering potentially unethical services to prospective clients; demonstrating a lack of commercial probity,” the UK insolvency service wrote in a press release.

Nix was suspended as CEO of Cambridge Analytica at the peak of the Facebook data scandal after footage emerged of him, filmed by undercover reporters, boasting of spreading disinformation and entrapping politicians to meet clients’ needs.

Cambridge Analytica was a subsidiary of the SCL Group, which included the division SCL Elections, while Nix was one of the key people in the group — being a director for SCL Group Ltd, SCL Social Ltd, SCL Analytics Ltd, SCL Commercial Ltd, SCL Elections and Cambridge Analytica (UK) Ltd. All six companies entered into administration in May 2018, going into compulsory liquidation in April 2019.

The “potentially unethical” activities that Nix does not dispute the companies offered, per the undertaking, are:

  • bribery stings and honey trap stings designed to uncover corruption
  • voter disengagement campaigns
  • the obtaining of information to discredit political opponents
  • the anonymous spreading of information

Last year the FTC also settled with Nix over the data misuse scandal — with the former Cambridge Analytica boss agreeing to an administrative order restricting how he conducts business in the future. The order also required the deletion/destruction of any personal information collected via the business.

Back in 2018 Nix was also grilled by the UK parliament’s DCMS committee — and in a second hearing he claimed Cambridge Analytica had licensed “millions of data points on American individuals from very large reputable data aggregators and data vendors such as Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup”, arguing the Facebook data had not been its “foundational data-set”.

It’s fair to say there are still many unanswered questions attached to the data misuse scandal. Last month, for example, the UK’s data watchdog — which raided Cambridge Analytica’s UK offices in 2018, seizing evidence, before going on to fine and then settle with Facebook (which did not admit any liability) over the scandal — said it would no longer be publishing a final report on its data analytics investigation.

Asked about the fate of the final report on Cambridge Analytica, an ICO spokesperson told us: “As part of the conclusion to our data analytics investigation we will be writing to the DCMS select committee to answer the outstanding questions from April 2019. We have committed to updating the select committee on our final findings but this will not be in the form of a further report.”

It’s not clear whether the DCMS committee — which has reformed with a different chair vs the one who in 2018 led the charge to dig into the Cambridge Analytica scandal as part of an enquiry into the impact of online disinformation — will publish the ICO’s written answers. Last year its final report called for Facebook’s business to be investigated over data protection and competition concerns.

You can read a TechCrunch interview with Nix here, from 2017 before the Facebook data scandal broke, in which he discusses how his company helped the Trump campaign.

#alexander-nix, #cambridge-analytica, #election-interference, #europe, #facebook, #microtargeting, #political-advertising, #privacy, #scl, #trump

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