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Meet a Key Advisor to POTUS Candidate Buttigieg

The Story: Swati Mylavarapu is the National Investment Chair of Pete for America, the Buttigieg campaign organization. This makes her a key advisor to the...
Trump: I've destroyed bills, gotten bills passed with Twitter

Trump: I’ve destroyed bills, gotten bills passed with Twitter

Trump opens up on his use of social media and approach to the presidency. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX Business Network (FBN), FOX News Radio, FOX News Headlines 24/7, and the direct-to-consumer streaming service, FOX…

Kushner: Russia investigation had ‘harsher impact’ on US than election meddling

Kushner, the president’s son-in-law who worked on the campaign, said he spent much more money in 2016 on Facebook ads than the Russians. “I spent $160,000 on Facebook every three hours during the campaign. If you look at the magnitude of what they did, the ensuing investigations have been way more harmful.” Kushner, who doesn’t speak in public very often, made the comments in the wake of the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report saying investigators found no evidence the Trump campaign conspired with Russia in election meddling. “When the whole notion of the Russian collusion narrative came up, I was the first person to say I’m happy to participate with any investigations,” Kushner said. He said he also interviewed for nine hours with Mueller’s team. Referencing his past statements, Kushner said, “I think everything I’ve said has now been proven to be true. Mueller's team investigated the meeting, but did not conclude it was evidence of coordination. “It’s a meeting had it never come up…I would have never thought about it again,” Kushner said. “But now the media spends so much time focusing on it. And quite frankly, the whole thing is just a big distraction for the whole country.” Fox News’ Tamara Gitt contributed to this report.
Scott Galloway: Facebook Is Becoming The Trump Of Social Media | Velshi & Ruhle | MSNBC

Scott Galloway: Facebook Is Becoming The Trump Of Social Media | Velshi & Ruhle...

NBC News has obtained new documents showing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s desire to find out “the real market value” of your data, despite continual claims that Facebook respects privacy. NYU Stern School of Business Professor Scott Galloway joins Stephanie Ruhle…

We Should Worry When Zuckerberg, Dems Start Agreeing

Democrats are fawning over Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s call for “new rules” to regulate internet companies like his — and that should worry every freedom-loving American. This is one of the richest men on earth inviting the American government to help him do what he already wants to do anyway. Let’s be perfectly clear: Every single regulatory measure Zuckerberg is calling for would benefit his company, his political allies, and himself personally. At best, regulation would just deflect from the unsavory practices of Facebook and its competitors; at worst, it would enlist government sponsorship for those practices. Democratic Sen. Mark Warner greeted Zuckerberg’s announcement by saying he was “glad to see” that “the era of the social media Wild West is over.” Of course, when Warner refers to the “social media Wild West,” he’s not talking about tech giants routinely censoring and shadow-banning conservatives, banning memes that lampoon their journalist friends, and blatantly discriminating against Republican candidates during election campaigns. Those on the left are determined to prevent a repeat of the 2016 presidential election, which is why they are so adamantly pushing for more censorship online. Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley have demanded answers from Big Tech regarding its ever-tightening campaign of censorship against the political right and Silicon Valley’s exploitation of its power over the main forums of modern public discourse to potentially swing elections — but their point has been that censorship of any kind is an affront to the American people. We don’t need leftist bureaucrats to tell us what we can say on the internet any more than we need leftist tech executives to police our speech. We don’t need an “independent body” to protect us from “harmful content” — we already have the Supreme Court, the First Amendment, and 100 years of precedent to guide our governance of public forums. Sen. Hawley, for instance, has proposed that the special privileges Facebook enjoys under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act be conditioned on it serving as a viewpoint-neutral public forum.

Poll: Americans give social media a clear thumbs-down

WASHINGTON — The American public holds negative views of social-media giants like Facebook and Twitter, with sizable majorities saying these sites do more to divide the country than unite it and spread falsehoods rather than news, according to results from the latest national NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. But the public also believes that technology in general has more benefits than drawbacks on the economy, and respondents are split about whether the federal government should break up the largest tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook. “Social media — and Facebook, in particular — have some serious issues in this poll,” said Micah Roberts, a pollster at the Republican firm Public Opinion Strategies, which conducted this survey with the Democratic firm Hart Research Associates. According to the poll, 57 percent of Americans say they agree with the statement that social media sites like Facebook and Twitter do more to divide the country, while 35 percent think they do more to bring the nation together. Fifty-five percent believe social media does more to spread lies and falsehoods, versus 31 percent who say it does more to spread news and information. One variable, however, is age — with younger poll respondents less likely to believe that social media divides the country and spreads unfair attacks and rumors. Just 6 percent say they trust it either “a lot” or “quite a bit.” By contrast, the percentage of Americans not trusting companies or institutions with their personal information is lower for Amazon (28 percent), Google (37 percent) and the federal government (35 percent). Overall, 36 percent of adults view Facebook positively, while 33 percent see it negatively. “But for companies, you’d think these ratings would be [more] on the positive side.” Down on social media, but upbeat about technology Despite these sour attitudes about social media, the NBC/WSJ poll shows that Americans are upbeat about technology in general. Fifty-nine percent of respondents agree with the statement that technology has more benefits than drawbacks, because it means products and services can be cheaper and made more efficiently.

Raw Politics in full: Brexit votes, first-time politicians and Facebook regulation

Aa Aa Running out of bad options? British MPs are trying to break the Brexit deadlock in a series of dramatic votes on Monday. The string of indicative votes, as they're known, comes after British lawmakers took control of the Brexit proceedings last week. MPs will have another chance to cast their ballots on the eight indicative votes — some of which are being voted on for a second time in the House of Commons — after being struck down last Wednesday. Political outsiders Presidential elections in Slovakia and Ukraine have thrust political newcomers into the spotlight. Both countries saw politicians with little prior political experience win important presidential votes. Zuzana Caputova won the runoff vote in Slovakia on Saturday, making her the country's first female president. In Ukraine, preliminary results indicated comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy defeated the incumbent, President Petro Poroshenko, in first-round votes on Sunday. The duo will face off in a runoff vote on April 21. Policing Facebook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is calling for more government intervention when it comes to social media content.

Unfriending, unfollowing over political posts

Social media has changed the way many of us roll with the days' news, personal events, entertainment, religion and politics. Have you ever unfriended someone on Facebook because of a political point-of-view post or comment? Facebook users have unfriended, unfollowed, unliked and even blocked close friends and family over political posts. "There are times when I deactivate my social media or delete or block a social media 'friend' due to divisive, negative energy," said Vena Heiskell of Central Florida. "Also, when a social media 'friend' repeatedly posts political content that can be hateful, polarizing and judgmental of those that may have different views, I won't engage with them. Barnes, who holds two degrees in psychology said, "While I don't believe you should unfollow anyone simply because of differing views, I do believe that it is emotionally unhealthy to inundate yourself with posts that cause you distress. If that means unfriending, unfollowing or muting the feed of someone who you know personally, so be it!" An unfollow on the Internet doesn't automatically mean that you are discarding the person in life, stresses Barnes. "It is simply exercising your right to protect your mental health by choosing what you ingest on the Internet. Many people successfully preserve certain personal relationships by distancing themselves on social media."

Facebook strengthens political ads rules ahead of EU election

The social media giant said it will require political advertisers to confirm they are located in an EU country. That’s on top of a previously announced requirement that ad buyers must confirm their identities. Ads that don’t comply will be blocked starting in mid-April. Silicon Valley tech companies are facing rising pressure from EU authorities to do more to prevent their platforms being used by outside groups to meddle in elections. EU officials in January singled out Russia as a prime source of disinformation in Europe. Hundreds of millions of people are set to vote for more than 700 EU parliamentary lawmakers on May 23-26. “We recognize that some people can try and work around any system but we are confident this will be a real barrier for anyone thinking of using our ads to interfere in an election from outside of a country,” Richard Allen, Facebook’s vice president of global policy solutions, said in a blog post. Facebook said earlier this year that EU political ads will carry “paid for by” disclaimers. Clicking the label will reveal more detailed information such as how much money was spent on the ad, how many people saw it, and their age, gender and location. The ad transparency rules have already been rolled out in the U.S., Britain, Brazil, India, Ukraine and Israel.

Session nastiness a peek into Sask.’s pre-election politics

A budget 19 months in advance of the next provincial election campaign should be starting to give us a clue as to what that campaign will be about. Scott Moe and Ryan Meili may not personally dislike each other. Why Moe wouldn’t do this anyway is confounding. After all, the Sask. This week, the right thing for Moe would have been to at least start messaging that extreme views like the ones we are seeing on the yellow vest Facebook page are both unwanted and actually detrimental to the Sask. One gets why there may be a burning desire in the Sask. Party’s political ads. But in end, it was Eyre, Moe and the Sask. If the Sask. There again, maybe this is just what Saskatchewan politics is destined to be like for the next 19 months.