‘It’s like every red flag’: Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms (Politico)

Politico: ‘It’s like every red flag’: Trump-ordered HHS ad blitz raises alarms . “The health department is moving quickly on a highly unusual advertising campaign to ‘defeat despair’ about the coronavirus, a $300 million-plus effort that was shaped by a political appointee close to President Donald Trump and executed in part by close allies of the official, using taxpayer funds.”

Poynter: The pandemic has been disastrous for advertising but political spending will bail it out

Poynter: The pandemic has been disastrous for advertising but political spending will bail it out. “Ad Age reports that political spending is about to bail out the industry’s overall 2020 performance. Total ad sales were down 7.2% in the first and second quarters, with digital sales up 5.7%. Traditional ‘linear media’ fell 23.1%.” I live in North Carolina, also known as Swing State Hell. When I watch the news with Granny, 90% of the commercials are political ads. It’s awful.

New York Times: This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?

New York Times: This Deal Helped Turn Google Into an Ad Powerhouse. Is That a Problem?. “Google owns the world’s leading search engine, it operates the largest video-hosting service in YouTube, and its popular web browser, email, map and meeting software is used by billions of people. But its financial heft — the source of nearly all its enormous profits — is advertising. And perhaps no day was more pivotal in transforming Google into a powerhouse across the entire digital advertising industry than April 13, 2007, when the company clinched a deal to buy DoubleClick for $3.1 billion.”

Wired: Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads

Wired: Companies Can Track Your Phone’s Movements to Target Ads. “GOOGLE AND APPLE have taken steps this year they say will help users shield themselves from hundreds of companies that compile profiles based on online behavior. Meanwhile, other companies are devising new ways to probe more deeply into other aspects of our lives.”

The Elm (Washington College): Facebook’s removal of political ads prior to the 2020 election is too little too late

The Elm (Washington College): Facebook’s removal of political ads prior to the 2020 election is too little too late. “In October of 2019, multiple Facebook employees sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg detailing concerns about political ads. Since then numerous employees have expressed their concern about Facebook becoming an unreliable app. They recognized the mistakes made in 2016 and decided that the company needed to change its fact-checking policies. Although Facebook took some of the recommendations from the letter seriously, it’s too little, too late.”

BBC: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads

BBC: Google and Facebook under pressure to ban children’s ads. “Tech firms have been urged to stop advertising to under-18s in an open letter signed by MPs, academics and children’s-rights advocates. Behavioural advertising not only undermines privacy but puts ‘susceptible’ youngsters under unfair marketing pressure, the letter says. It is addressed to Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Microsoft.”

New York University: New Tool to Analyze Political Advertising on Facebook Reveals Massive Discrepancies in Party Spending on Presidential Contest

New York University: New Tool to Analyze Political Advertising on Facebook Reveals Massive Discrepancies in Party Spending on Presidential Contest. “Designed to help reporters, researchers, thought leaders, policy makers, and the general public easily analyze political ads on Facebook ahead of the 2020 U.S. elections, the web-based tool allows users to search by state, as well as major political races, to identify trends in how ads are targeted to specific audiences and what messages are being used, who is funding each ad, and how much they are spending to disseminate them.”

Washington State University: Facebook political ads more partisan, less negative than TV

Washington State University: Facebook political ads more partisan, less negative than TV. “More political candidates may be shifting primarily to social media to advertise rather than TV, according to a study of advertising trends from the 2018 campaign season. The study, published recently in American Political Science Review, also found that Facebook political ads were more partisan, less negative and less issue-focused than those on TV.”

Open Secrets: OpenSecrets unveils new online ads database

Open Secrets: OpenSecrets unveils new online ads database. “With the digital-dominated 2020 election shifting into high gear, OpenSecrets is releasing a new searchable, sortable online ads database that provides comprehensive details about political ad spending on Google and Facebook. OpenSecrets is tracking over 80,000 online political advertisers, more than four times the number of committees registered with the Federal Election Commission.”

Misleading advertisements: 151 websites, 319 social media accounts blocked (Straits Times)

Straits Times: Misleading advertisements: 151 websites, 319 social media accounts blocked. “A total of 151 websites and 319 social media accounts have been blocked from January 2018 until June 19 this year for promoting food products through misleading advertisements. Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said during the same period, 71 warning letters were issued against those who published advertisements that did not comply with the Food Act 1983, including health claims linking the products to prevention and cure of certain diseases.”

CNET: Targeted ads stalking you on your iPhone? Here’s how to limit them

CNET: Targeted ads stalking you on your iPhone? Here’s how to limit them. “When iOS 14 is released this fall, iPhone ($699 at Apple) users will have to opt in to targeted advertising. It’s not a stretch to assume that users aren’t going to eagerly opt in and allow Facebook, or any advertiser for that matter, to track their internet usage when given a choice. But what about limiting ad tracking on your iPhone right now, even before iOS 14 is available? It’s possible, but it’s only possible in Apple’s own ad network. Below I’ll walk you through how to limit ad tracking, what exactly that means, and offer some of my own anecdotal experience after testing it myself.”

AP: Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads

AP: Twitter and Facebook become targets in Trump and Biden ads. “President Donald Trump has bought hundreds of messages on Facebook to accuse its competitor, Twitter, of trying to stifle his voice and influence the November election. Democratic challenger Joe Biden has spent thousands of dollars advertising on Facebook with a message of his own: In dozens of ads on the platform, he’s asked supporters to sign a petition calling on Facebook to remove inaccurate statements, specifically those from Trump.”

Engadget: Disney said to have ‘dramatically’ cut ad spending on Facebook amid boycott

Engadget: Disney said to have ‘dramatically’ cut ad spending on Facebook amid boycott. “Disney might be the largest company yet to join a growing ad boycott against Facebook. Wall Street Journal sources say the media and theme park giant has ‘dramatically’ reduced its ad spending on Facebook. It’s not clear just how deep the cut is or how long it will last, but Disney reportedly made the move quietly rather than making a public announcement. It also froze Hulu advertising on Instagram, according to the sources.”

New York Times: Hollywood Stays Away From Facebook Ad Boycott

New York Times: Hollywood Stays Away From Facebook Ad Boycott. “The pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Bayer have joined the anti-Facebook campaign. So have Microsoft and Verizon. Also represented are industries like apparel (Levi Strauss, Eddie Bauer), autos (Ford, Honda), household products (Unilever, Kimberly-Clark) and beverages (Coca-Cola, Starbucks). But one of Facebook’s most important advertising categories — Hollywood — has been noticeably silent even though stopping hate speech is one of the entertainment industry’s longtime causes.”

BNN Bloomberg: Google to ban more ads from sites promoting virus conspiracies

BNN Bloomberg: Google to ban more ads from sites promoting virus conspiracies. “Google said it will block more ads from websites that promote conspiracy theories about COVID-19, starting next month. The world’s largest internet search provider will use human and automated reviews to locate and take action against rule-breaking web publishers and advertisers.”