Twitter removes anti-abortion political ad proving, it can fight hate speech if it wants to

Twitter removes anti-abortion political ad proving, it can fight hate speech if it wants to
Rep. Marsha Blackburn during the Republican National ConventionImage: Alex Wong/Getty ImagesUPDATE: Oct. 10, 2017, 6:35 p.m. EDT Twitter has reversed its decision and will now allow the ad to be promoted through its platform. is this some bad-faith self-own so they can tell us they have to remain "hands-off" running their platform? — John Herrman (@jwherrman) October 9, 2017 Rep. Blackburn reportedly shared her grievances on Twitter, but it appears that the tweets have since been removed.  The move

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for tweeting about NFL advertiser boycott

ESPN suspends Jemele Hill for tweeting about NFL advertiser boycott
Image: Getty Images for Advertising Week New YorkESPN has suspended anchor Jemele Hill after she tweeted that the most effective way to hurt NFL owners would be for people to boycott certain advertisers. The move to suspend Hill comes after she entered into a public feud with President Donald Trump last month. Hill later apologized and ESPN said that the situation had been addressed internally.  Hill has been among the most outspoken ESPN personalities regarding politics, which has become

Facebook to hire 1,000 more people to monitor ads

Facebook to hire 1,000 more people to monitor ads
Mark Zuckerberg is still apologizing.Image: facebookFacebook may be a technology company, but it's starting to embrace the importance of humans. In the wake of a scandal over its influence on the 2016 election, Facebook announced Monday it's hiring more than 1,000 people to review ads on the social network.  Facebook announced the hiring increase along with new initiatives to improve authenticity and transparency of its advertising, notably with more disclosures on political ads. This move comes the same day

Hashtag Activism Brings Trump Allies to Heel

Hashtag Activism Brings Trump Allies to Heel
One corporate executive after another stepped away from President Donald Trump’s councils this week, crediting their conscience, their values and “doing the right thing.”That’s only part of the story, says Rashad Robinson, the 38-year-old executive director of Color of Change, which orchestrated a public social-media campaign urging executives at PepsiCo Inc., Campbell Soup Co., General Motors Co. and other companies to #quitthecouncil. After two days and more than 225,000 messages, two business groups advising the president were disbanded.It was

Trump’s Health Secretary Resigns Amid Private-Jet Scandal

Trump’s Health Secretary Resigns Amid Private-Jet Scandal
Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price resigned amid an uproar over his use of private and military jets at taxpayer expense while heading one of the U.S.’s largest government agencies.Price, 62, quit after it was revealed by Politico that he took more than two dozen private flights at taxpayer expense as well as trips to Europe, Africa and Asia on military aircraft, at a total cost of more than $1 million. The HHS department’s Office of Inspector

Facebook will prevent fake news sites from advertising

Facebook will prevent fake news sites from advertising
Less fake news should appear in News Feed.Image: BRITTANY HERBERT/MASHABLEFacebook is continuing its crackdown on fake news.  The social network Monday announced Facebook Pages will no longer be able to advertise on the site if they repeatedly share news articles that are marked as false by third-party fact-checking organizations. Page owners can win back the ability to run ads if they later choose to act responsibly.  The move would limit one of the big ways that fake news spreads,

NFL Ratings Become Entangled in Political Battle With Trump

NFL Ratings Become Entangled in Political Battle With Trump
President Donald Trump has Photographer: Jim Rogash/Getty Images “There will be a lot of attention paid to ratings, and it will be fascinating to see if more people tune into the beginning of games just to see what happens,” said Brian Wieser, an analyst with Pivotal Research Group. With so many forces at play, including viewers’ changing entertainment tastes, “it will be impossible to connect cause and effect.”NFL ratings were down in nine of 13 time periods through the

A Donald Trump tweet knocked $6 billion off Amazon’s value

A Donald Trump tweet knocked $6 billion off Amazon’s value
Image: alex wong/Getty ImagesDonald Trump knocked $6 billion off of Amazon before most of the country was awake. In a tweet sent at 6:12 a.m. EST, Trump claimed Amazon was "doing great damage to tax paying retailers," resulting in the loss of jobs. The @washingtonpost, which loses a fortune, is owned by @JeffBezos for purposes of keeping taxes down at his no profit company, @amazon. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2015 That was just the beginning. Since then,

Trump stared into the sun with no glasses and are you really surprised?

Trump stared into the sun with no glasses and are you really surprised?
Yo, shit's bright up there.Image: AP/REX/ShutterstockFile this under: things you definitely should NOT do. Just about the first thing Donald Trump did when he walked out of the White House on Monday afternoon was look straight at the burning orb in the sky, no glasses, and point at it like, "y'all know that's the sun up there? Shit." SEE ALSO: Donald Trumps teleprompter is back from vacation to denounce racism The thing with eclipses that you are not supposed

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Prison
Anthony Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in prison for exchanging sexually explicit messages with a 15-year-old girl, capping the spectacular fall of the former congressman whose self-destructive behavior wrecked his career and marriage and played a role in the final days of the 2016 presidential campaign.“The crime I committed was my rock bottom,” a tearful Weiner told U.S. District Judge Denise Cote. He was ordered to surrender to prison on Nov. 6.“I was a very sick man for

DeVos Scraps Obama Guidance on Investigating Campus Sexual Assault

DeVos Scraps Obama Guidance on Investigating Campus Sexual Assault
Washington (AP) -- The Trump administration on Friday scrapped Obama-era guidance on investigating campus sexual assault, replacing it with new instructions that allow universities to require higher standards of evidence when handling complaints. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has said that President Barack Obama's policy had been unfairly skewed against those accused of assault and had "weaponized" the Education Department to "work against schools and against students." The change is the latest in Trump's broader effort to roll back Obama

Trump visited Texas and just HAD to talk about crowd size

Trump visited Texas and just HAD to talk about crowd size
"What a crowd, what a turnout."Image: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty ImagesAfter all these months it's still unclear whether or not Donald Trump knows he's not on reality television. Since his inauguration the man has made his obsession with ratings and crowd size very clear, and on Tuesday when he visited Texas for a briefing on Tropical Storm Harvey relief efforts, he just couldn't help himself from celebrating the really great press that came out of the storm. SEE ALSO: Hey, everyone,