New York Times: Don’t Tilt Scales Against Trump, Facebook Executive Warns

New York Times: Don’t Tilt Scales Against Trump, Facebook Executive Warns . “Since the 2016 election, when Russian trolls and a tsunami of misinformation turned social media into a partisan battlefield, Facebook has wrestled with the role it played in President Trump’s victory. Now, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times, a longtime Facebook executive has told employees that the company had a moral duty not to tilt the scales against Mr. Trump as he seeks re-election.”

CNN: Senior US officials say there is widespread opposition within the Trump administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran

CNN: Senior US officials say there is widespread opposition within the Trump administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran. “Two senior US officials on Sunday described widespread opposition within the administration to targeting cultural sites in Iran should the United States launch retaliatory strikes against Tehran, despite President Donald Trump saying a day before that such sites are among dozens the US has identified as potential targets.”

CNET: Twitter flags Trump, Biden, Warren campaigns, citing ad-policy violations

CNET: Twitter flags Trump, Biden, Warren campaigns, citing ad-policy violations. “Twitter flagged the campaign accounts of presidential candidates, including incumbent Donald Trump and rival Joe Biden, as ‘suspended” in the ads database, saying they’d violated the company’s policies. The accounts remain active on the social network, and it’s unclear whether any violations actually occurred. Twitter, which bans political advertising, changed the wording in the database to “ineligible for Twitter Ads” after CNET inquired about the labels on Thursday.”

CNN: YouTube confirms it has removed some Trump campaign ads

CNN: YouTube confirms it has removed some Trump campaign ads. “YouTube has prevented President Donald Trump from running a number of ads on its platform this election season, its CEO acknowledged on Sunday. But the exact reasons for the decisions are unclear, once again raising questions about the policies of YouTube and its parent company Google.”

NBC News: Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October

NBC News: Trump hosted Zuckerberg for undisclosed dinner at the White House in October. “President Donald Trump hosted a previously undisclosed dinner with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook board member Peter Thiel at the White House in October, the company told NBC News on Wednesday.”

CNN: Reddit warns Trump supporters against ‘systematic harassment’ of potential whistleblower

CNN: Reddit warns Trump supporters against ‘systematic harassment’ of potential whistleblower. “Reddit has warned users of its forum for President Trump supporters that ‘systematic harassment’ of the alleged potential whistleblower whose complaint kicked off the impeachment inquiry ‘must stop immediately.’ The company cited in part its policy prohibiting ‘inviting vigilantism.'”

Washington Post: Why did Google take action against some pro-Trump ads? It’s one of the many mysteries of its political ad rules.

Washington Post: Why did Google take action against some pro-Trump ads? It’s one of the many mysteries of its political ad rules.. “Last month, Google took action against seven ads purchased by President Trump’s 2020 campaign, claiming that they violated the company’s rules — even though they had been viewed at least 24 million times. But Google said little else: It didn’t share a copy of the ads in question or disclose what standards they had violated. To experts, those unknowns are just two of many mysteries that demonstrate the company’s continued struggles to spot and shield users from potentially problematic political content with the 2020 presidential election a year away.”