CNN: The Facebook ad boycott is starting to rattle investors

CNN: The Facebook ad boycott is starting to rattle investors. “After several days of largely shrugging off news about a growing Facebook advertiser boycott, investors now appear to be taking notice. Shares of Facebook (FB) fell nearly 3% in early trading Monday, before rebounding, after big brands such as Starbucks (SBUX), Coca-Cola (CCEP) and Hershey’s said they would pause spending on the social media platform over concerns about its handling of misinformation and hate speech.”

CNET: We tried to get Facebook to send us ads based on our conversations

CNET: We tried to get Facebook to send us ads based on our conversations. “The reason for our test: The long-running and hard-to-kill conspiracy theory that Facebook is listening to your conversations through the mic on your phone and then using this overheard dialogue to send you targeted ads. If you haven’t heard about this urban legend, there’s plenty of reading material online, including some lengthy threads on Reddit. The theory is so widespread that Facebook posted a formal denial four years ago and CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied it in testimony on Capitol Hill. Still, it just won’t die.”

Media Matters: Facebook finally removed Trump campaign ads with inverted red triangle — an infamous Nazi symbol

Media Matters: Facebook finally removed Trump campaign ads with inverted red triangle — an infamous Nazi symbol. “Since June 3, the Trump campaign has been running Facebook ads fearmongering about ‘antifa.’ On June 17, the campaign added an inverted red triangle to some variations of the ad — a symbol the Nazis used to designate political prisoners.”

CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will allow users to turn off political ads

CNBC: Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will allow users to turn off political ads. “Users will be able to turn off political, electoral and social issue ads from political candidates, Super PACs and ‘other organizations that have the “Paid for by” political disclaimer on them,’ the company told CNBC. The company will start rolling this feature out to some users on Wednesday, and it will become available to all U.S. users over the next few weeks, Facebook said.”

The Next Web: Chrome will soon block ads that unnecessarily tax your CPU and battery

The Next Web: Chrome will soon block ads that unnecessarily tax your CPU and battery. “Google revealed it’s taking steps to wipe intrusive ads from its browser experience, particularly ones that consume a disproportionate amount of battery, processing power, and bandwidth without the knowledge of users. Such examples include ads with hidden cryptocurrency miners or poor network usage optimizations.”

City A.M.: Google removes 2.7bn bad ads as it launches Covid-19 taskforce

City A.M.: Google removes 2.7bn bad ads as it launches Covid-19 taskforce. “Google removed roughly 2.7bn so-called bad ads last year as the tech giant ramps up its efforts to block misleading and malicious campaigns actors on its platform. The search engine’s crackdown, which equates to 5,000 ads per minute, is an increase on the 2.3bn adverts removed in 2018.”

Reuters: Google to allow some advertisers to run coronavirus-related ads

Reuters: Google to allow some advertisers to run coronavirus-related ads. ” Alphabet Inc’s Google will begin to allow some advertisers to run ads relating to the coronavirus on its platforms, in a change to its rules on ads around ‘sensitive events,’ according to a copy of a memo to advertising clients seen by Reuters.”

Variety: Facebook, Google Could Lose Over $44 Billion in Ad Revenue in 2020 Because of Coronavirus

Variety: Facebook, Google Could Lose Over $44 Billion in Ad Revenue in 2020 Because of Coronavirus. “Ad spending is falling off a cliff amid the COVID-19 pandemic — and Facebook and Google, the two heavyweights in digital advertising, are expected to bear the brunt of the downturn in terms of sheer dollars lost. The two internet giants together could see more than $44 billion in worldwide ad revenue evaporate in 2020, Cowen & Co. analysts estimate. That said, both Google and Facebook will continue to be massively profitable even with double-digit revenue drops.”

AdWeek: Imagery of Human Contact Is Down 30% in Social Media Ads

AdWeek: Imagery of Human Contact Is Down 30% in Social Media Ads. “Quarantine culture is already causing drastic shifts in the imagery and copy that brands use to advertise on social media. That’s according to data from marketing tech firm Pattern89, which used machine learning to track a 30% dip in social media ads featuring images or video of everyday human contact—hugging, kissing and holding hands—since March 12 amid the coronavirus pandemic hitting the United States.”

Pointe: This New Instagram Account Calls Out Bad Imitations of Ballet in Advertising

Pointe: This New Instagram Account Calls Out Bad Imitations of Ballet in Advertising. “Let’s start with an undisputed fact: Ballet dancers work hard. Very hard. And yet they’re often underpaid, overworked and misunderstood by a society that idolizes tutus, toe shoes and a dancer’s physique, without understanding what’s behind it. So it’s no surprise that bunheads are left feeling frustrated when clothing companies and fashion magazines choose to hire models, rather than dancers, to show off their ballet-inspired wares.”

Wired: A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’

Wired: A Brief History of Instagram’s Trouble With ‘Weight-Loss Tea’. “Do you want a lithe, toned body that absolutely does not take multiple photo-editing apps to achieve? Do you want to be a person whose hair and makeup look red-carpet-ready immediately after leaving the gym? Do you want to eat only photogenic smoothie bowls and be utterly unfazed by the fact that they are cold yogurt soup? Try this tea! The 30-Day Detox Starter Pack is now only $85—just use my promo code below. Oh, by the way: #ad.”

Neowin: Google will start block intrusive video ads in Chrome

Neowin: Google will start block intrusive video ads in Chrome. “In response to the new standard set by the Coalition for Better Ads, Google announced that it will begin blocking ads on websites that repeatedly violate these guidelines starting on August 5. It’s likely that other browsers will follow suit, and since this announcement was made on the Chromium blog, other browsers based on the Chromium project shouldn’t have to do much to implement the feature.”

Digiday: With an influencer advisory board, Clorox is changing up its YouTube advertising strategy

Digiday: With an influencer advisory board, Clorox is changing up its YouTube advertising strategy. “The Clorox Company is building an influencer advisory council. The company is aiming to use the council, which will be comprised of hundreds of influencers, to help it better understand the type of content that will resonate with such individuals and their audiences. The consumer goods company also wants to fashion a more collaborative content-creation arrangement between these influencers and its organization.”

CNET: Facebook abandons plan to sell ads in WhatsApp, report says

CNET: Facebook abandons plan to sell ads in WhatsApp, report says. “Facebook has reportedly abandoned its plan to sell ads in messaging platform WhatsApp, according to a Thursday report by The Wall Street Journal. The company’s decision to bring ads to the app is reportedly what led to the departure of WhatsApp’s creators around two years ago.”