BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Has Been Profiting From Boogaloo Ads Promoting Civil War And Unrest. “On Sunday, the @docscustomknives Instagram account placed an ad on the popular photo-sharing social network advocating that people ‘join the militia, fight the state.’ As clips from action movies play, showing police officers being shot and killed, music blares with lyrics proclaiming, ‘We ain’t scared of no police / We got guns too.’ As of Tuesday afternoon, the ad was still online.”

The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg (CNN)

CNN: The hard truth about the Facebook ad boycott: Nothing matters but Zuckerberg. “As each new company lends its weight to the boycott, the economic pressure is growing on Facebook to change — somehow. The campaign carries echoes of a similar advertiser rebellion against YouTube in 2017…. Despite some similarities, Facebook is less susceptible to outside pressure than most businesses, experts say. It’s led by a CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, who exercises complete voting control over the company and can’t be removed by shareholders. And that could vastly complicate the campaign to hit Facebook where it hurts.”

CNBC: The Facebook ad boycotts have entered the big leagues. Now what?

CNBC: The Facebook ad boycotts have entered the big leagues. Now what? . “In the last week, a steady stream of companies came out in support of the ”#StopHateForProfit” campaign, promising to pause advertising spend on Facebook to encourage the company to amp up efforts against hate speech and disinformation. With major advertisers like Verizon joining the campaign Thursday and Unilever, Coca-Cola and Honda saying they would pull advertising on Friday, Facebook is now facing a snowball effect of advertisers abandoning the site.”

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.”

CNN: Facebook will label more controversial content and tighten advertising policies

CNN: Facebook will label more controversial content and tighten advertising policies. “Facebook will ban ads that scapegoat minorities, immigrants, racial or other groups as part of a wider crackdown on hate speech, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The expanded policy will prohibit ads that claim these groups are a threat, Zuckerberg said on a livestream Friday. The new policy will also ban negative ads about immigrants or asylum seekers.” That’s great. I don’t have high hopes that this ban will be enforced.

CNN: Facebook exec admits there is a ‘trust deficit’ as advertiser boycott accelerates

CNN: Facebook exec admits there is a ‘trust deficit’ as advertiser boycott accelerates. “A Facebook executive acknowledged Tuesday that the social media giant faces a ‘trust deficit’ amid a widening advertiser revolt over misinformation and hate speech on the platform.”

CNN: Patagonia joins growing Facebook advertiser boycott over the site’s failure to stop ‘hateful lies and dangerous propaganda’

CNN: Patagonia joins growing Facebook advertiser boycott over the site’s failure to stop ‘hateful lies and dangerous propaganda’. “Patagonia, the outdoor apparel brand, said it will join a growing advertising boycott of Facebook and Instagram being led by a coalition of civil rights groups. The boycott, which is known as #StopHateForProfit, was driven by Facebook’s failure to act against ‘hateful lies and dangerous propaganda,’ the company said.”

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.”

AdWeek: Civil Rights Groups Urge Large Facebook Advertisers to Boycott the Platform in July

AdWeek: Civil Rights Groups Urge Large Facebook Advertisers to Boycott the Platform in July. “Six civil rights groups have organized a social media boycott effort against Facebook, calling on media buyers, planners and brands to stop advertising next month unless the social network takes steps to curb the proliferation of hate on its platform. The group was formed by the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, Common Sense Media, Free Press, the NAACP and Sleeping Giants, and is spreading its cause under the hashtag #StopHateForProfit.”

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.”

How to Run Facebook Ads for Local Businesses: Driving Foot Traffic (Social Media Examiner)

Social Media Examiner: How to Run Facebook Ads for Local Businesses: Driving Foot Traffic. “Does your local business need more walk-in customers? Want to know how to use Facebook ads to drive more foot traffic? In this article, you’ll discover how to run Facebook ads with the Store Traffic objective to generate more business for your local business.”

‘Morally Impossible’: Some Advertisers Take a Timeout From Facebook (New York Times)

New York Times: ‘Morally Impossible’: Some Advertisers Take a Timeout From Facebook. “Ever since Mark Zuckerberg defended the platform’s hands-off policy toward posts by President Trump that contained misinformation or promoted violence, some companies are staying away.”

CNN: Facebook now allows ads for some face masks

CNN: Facebook now allows ads for some face masks. “Facebook announced Wednesday that it will lift the blanket ban on advertisements for face masks, which it introduced in the early weeks of the pandemic to help combat price gouging and medical supply shortages. Now the ban will only apply to medical-grade masks, or ads that make dubious claims about certain masks offering protection from the virus to profit from the pandemic.”

CNET: Facebook stops letting advertisers target people interested in ‘pseudoscience’

CNET: Facebook stops letting advertisers target people interested in ‘pseudoscience’. “Facebook will no longer allow advertisers to target their ads at people interested in ‘pseudoscience.’ The move follows a report from The Markup that said Facebook was allowing such ads even amid companywide efforts to crack down on misinformation about the COVID-19 outbreak circulating on its platforms.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned Mask Ads. They’re Still Running.

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned Mask Ads. They’re Still Running.. “Founded in 2015, ZestAds sources cheap electronics, clothing, and household products from China to sell around the globe using slick and at times misleading Facebook ads. On its website, ZestAds claims to be one of the top e-commerce companies in Asia. Since March, the company has made a mockery of Facebook’s ban by running ads that dangerously claimed its masks would ‘fully protect’ from the virus, cited a fake expert, and falsely listed US companies as behind the ads.”