In the midst of growing pressure on technology companies to regulate political advertising ahead of the 2020 election, Google announced last week it will limit advertisers’ ability to micro-target users on the basis of their political affiliations.
Editor-in-Chief Celine Castronuovo, Podcast Director Michael Kohler, Editor-at-large Rob Cline and politics writer James Smathers relaunch The MediaPod series by discussing the media’s role in the impeachment process, the social media platform political ad wars, billionaires in the 2020 news cycle, and press freedom during recent military
The Trump campaign has spent more than $27 million on digital advertising this cycle, outspending the four leading Democratic contenders combined. On Facebook alone, the Trump campaign has spent $21 million, focusing ads on impeachment and socialism.
Despite a string of recent controversies, the New York Times reported record growth in subscriptions last week. The paper is ending the year just shy of 5 million subscribers, and is projected to attain 10 million by 2025.
After Facebook unveiled a policy exempting political ads from being fact-checked and removed, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey announced last week the social media platform will be banning all political ads. The surprise announcement puts the two social media giants on opposite sides of the debate over combatting disinformation ahead of the 2020 election.
After a series of privacy scandals, Facebook’s latest policy that exempts political candidates from being fact-checked came under fire from presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. And Warren is hardly the only lawmaker who supports increased regulation of the tech giant.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign renewed its public feud with The New York Times on Wednesday in protest of its coverage of the Ukraine scandal. In a letter sent to Executive Editor Dean Baquet, Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield blasted The Times for lending legitimacy
A number of videos of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that were distorted to make her appear drunk and incomprehensible were widely propagated by conservative pages and accounts across social media last Friday. The videos of Pelosi’s speech at an event at the left-leaning
A group of 12 reporters recently visited Facebook’s European headquarters to meet their team dedicated to combating fake-news and misinformation before this month’s European Parliamentary elections. Journalists from The New York Times, The Guardian, Politico and more provided detailed reporting of the 40 person team monitoring
The internet and social media are being used as both battlegrounds for activism and cesspools of criminal activity with little to no regulation.