Vox: Facebook glitch blocks certain political ads, raising new questions about transparency

Vox: Facebook glitch blocks certain political ads, raising new questions about transparency. “With less than a week until Election Day, Facebook has admitted to a glitch in the system that handles political ads on its platform. ‘Technical flaws’ related to a new transparency effort that restricted new political ads from appearing on Facebook in the week before the election caused an unstated number of old political ads to not appear at all. The Biden and Trump campaigns both say some of their ads were among them.”

ABC 7: Presidential campaigns set new records for social media ad spending

ABC 7: Presidential campaigns set new records for social media ad spending. “President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden have set new spending records for political ads on social media this election…. Between January 2019 and Oct, 24, 2020, Eyewitness News found both candidates had spent more individually on Facebook ads than Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spent combined during the 2016 election.”

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned An Alleged Russian Agent Spreading Disinformation About Joe Biden

BuzzFeed News: Facebook Banned An Alleged Russian Agent Spreading Disinformation About Joe Biden. “Facebook has suspended the account of Ukrainian politician Andriy Derkach, an ally of President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, for election interference. Derkach, a member of Ukraine’s parliament, has been working with Giuliani and a shadowy group of Ukrainian operatives to gather dirt on former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter for roughly a year.”

Washington Post: How the mask became a symbol of Biden’s campaign

Washington Post: How the mask became a symbol of Biden’s campaign. “It was a jarring image: a presidential candidate appearing on-camera with a mask covering his nose and mouth, muffling his words as he strained to speak through a black face covering that looked like something from a dystopian movie. America was just two months into the coronavirus pandemic — a time when masks were not routine, Zoom gatherings felt novel, stay-at-home orders had begun lifting and Americans were grappling with a new kind of life amid contagion. But Joe Biden had been wearing a mask for weeks when he interacted with others in private, and he now decided it was time to go public.”

New York Times: Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal

New York Times: Biden’s Covid Response Plan Draws From F.D.R.’s New Deal. “Joseph R. Biden Jr. is preparing for the biggest challenge he would face if elected president — ending the coronavirus pandemic — by reaching back nearly a century to draw on the ideas of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whose big-government policies lifted the country out of the Great Depression and changed the shape of America.”

Presidential debate: Trump refuses to take part in virtual TV event (BBC)

BBC: Presidential debate: Trump refuses to take part in virtual TV event. “US President Donald Trump has refused to take part in a virtual TV debate with his Democratic rival Joe Biden. Earlier the commission deciding the 15 October Miami debate’s format said it would have to take place remotely. It made the decision after Mr Trump was treated for Covid-19. He has no current symptoms but the White House is tackling a cluster of positive tests.”

Tweeting About Trump, Searching for Biden: Online Activity Shows Contrast between the Candidates (New York University)

New York University: Tweeting About Trump, Searching for Biden: Online Activity Shows Contrast between the Candidates. “President Trump was the focus of a higher number of tweets while former Vice President Joseph Biden was the subject of a greater number of Google searches, shows a new analysis of online activity leading up to, during, and immediately after last week’s presidential debate.”

Biden leads by 10 points as majority of Americans say Trump could have avoided coronavirus: Reuters/Ipsos poll (Reuters)

Reuters: Biden leads by 10 points as majority of Americans say Trump could have avoided coronavirus: Reuters/Ipsos poll. “Democrat Joe Biden opened his widest lead in a month in the U.S. presidential race after President Donald Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, and a majority of Americans think Trump could have avoided infection if he had taken the virus more seriously, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday.”

NBC News: Coordinated push of conspiracy theories target Biden hours before debate

NBC News: Coordinated push of conspiracy theories target Biden hours before debate. “On Facebook, memes insisting Biden should have his ears inspected for electronic devices before the debate saturated the platform on Tuesday. One meme that simply said ‘Joe Biden should be inspected for a hidden ear piece as well as submit to a drug test before the debate. Share if you agree!’ was posted by a network of conservative sites early Tuesday morning.”

‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid (Politico)

Politico: ‘Keep back!’: How the Biden campaign obsesses over Covid. “With more than 6 million people infected and nearly 200,000 dead from the coronavirus, the former vice president is taking no chances with his safety. He operates in a sanitizer-saturated bubble within the traditional presidential campaign bubble, an environment designed and obsessively cultivated by staff in an attempt to protect him from a possible encounter with the virus.”

Tech Transparency Project: Instagram’s Hashtag Blocking Favors Trump, Hurts Biden

Tech Transparency Project: Instagram’s Hashtag Blocking Favors Trump, Hurts Biden. “When a person searches Instagram for a hashtag and clicks on it, the platform has automatically generated “related hashtags” pointing users to other relevant content. TTP examined related hashtags for 20 popular terms associated with the Trump and Biden campaigns and found starkly different treatment of the two candidates. Instagram blocked the display of related hashtags on all 10 of the Trump hashtags reviewed, including #donaldtrump, #trump and #trump2020. That means users were not directed to other content, including anything negative or critical about the president. But for all 10 similar Biden hashtags, Instagram did display related hashtags, which at times steered users to insults and disinformation about the former vice president, with phrases like #creepyjoebiden, #joebidenpedophile and #joebidenisaracist.”

Coronavirus: Three Biden claims about Trump fact-checked (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: Three Biden claims about Trump fact-checked. “Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, has made several claims about President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Mr Biden says the president has ordered a slowdown in coronavirus testing, is failing to provide enough protective equipment for healthcare workers, and has attempted to block public-health funding. We’ve taken a look at these claims.”

NPR: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is All About Relationships. That’s Harder Amid A Pandemic

NPR: Biden’s Foreign Policy Is All About Relationships. That’s Harder Amid A Pandemic. “The coronavirus pandemic has made big international summits nearly impossible. The same goes for extended meetings, dinners or most other scenarios where a President Biden could sit down with other heads of government and forge the relationships he sees as so key to reaching agreements with other nations.”

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.”