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Warren Trolls Facebook’s Ad Policy By Lying In Paid Ad

Axios reports: An ad by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign that says Facebook has endorsed President Trump (before admitting the claim is a lie) is having its intended effect: raising tough questions about Facebook’s policy of allowing politicians to make any claims they want. Why it matters: Facebook has spent much of the last 2 years talking about its efforts to …

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Mayor Pete Addresses “Divided America” In First TV Ad

Politico reports: Pete Buttigieg’s new ad, which is running on TV and digital platforms, leans into his biography as a veteran and a mayor. In a 30-second voice-over, the South Bend, Ind., mayor says that in “today’s divided America, we’re at each other’s throats.” “Our rivers and oceans are rising. Health care costs are soaring, and our kids are learning …

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FTC Fines Google $170M For Collecting Data On Kids

CNBC reports: Google’s YouTube will pay $170 million to settle allegations by the Federal Trade Commission and the New York attorney general that it earned millions by illegally collecting personal information from children without their parents’ consent. The settlement, announced Wednesday, was passed in a 3-2 vote by the commissioners along party lines. The two Democrats voted against it, saying …

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Facebook Rolls Out Tool To Block Data Gathering

The Associated Press reports: Soon, you could get fewer familiar ads following you around the internet — or at least on Facebook. Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you limit what the social network can gather about you on outside websites and apps. The company said Tuesday that it is adding a section where you can see the …

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NEW YORK: Cuomo Signs Ban On Floating Billboards

The New York Post reports: Floating digital billboards are headed to Davy Jones’ locker. A bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday restricts vessels with the eyesores from operating in New York’s waters. Billboards on boats using “flashing, intermittent or moving lights” will be prohibited from operating, anchoring or mooring in the navigable waters of the state, …

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Biden Stresses Electability In First Big Ad Buy [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced its first major ad buy on Tuesday, targeting several cities in Iowa with a message touting the Democrat’s strength against President Trump. In a 60-second piece targeting media markets in Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities and Sioux City, the former vice president’s campaign describes the 2020 election as more urgent than …

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Tucker Carlson’s Show Continues To Shed Advertisers

Media Matters reports: Despite leaving on an abrupt and suspiciously timed vacation — a commonly used tactic by Fox to deter advertisers from dropping shows after a host says something particularly egregious — Tucker Carlson has continued to lose advertisers. SteinMart, HelloFresh, and Nestle have all severed ties with Tucker Carlson Tonight, and the fast food chain Long John Silver’s …

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StarKist Stands By Ads On Tucker Carlson’s Show

From the Hollywood Reporter: One major brand that advertised on Wednesday night’s show, the meal kit service HelloFresh, said the spot “was placed through a remnant inventory advertising purchase.” A spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter that “this remainder buy is now complete and the ad is no longer running.” Nestlé, which has advertised the Proactiv skin care product on Carlson’s …

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Pro-LGBT Coke Ads Anger Hungary’s Ruling Party

Reuters reports: Advertisements by Coca-Cola around a music festival in Hungary that promote gay acceptance have prompted a boycott call from a senior member of the conservative ruling party. The posters, in tandem with the week-long “Love Revolution” event starting on Wednesday in Budapest, show gay people and couples smiling with slogans like “zero sugar, zero prejudice”. On Sunday, Fidesz’s …

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Trump’s “Socialists” Attack Ad Blankets CNN [VIDEO]

Fortune reports: Donald Trump won’t be on stage for the two nights of the Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, but he’s not missing the opportunity to take shots at the candidates. The president’s re-election campaign is airing a 30-second attack ad that opens with 10 Democrats, including Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, raising their hands when asked if …

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Big Tech Is Tracking Your Browsing On Porn Sites

The New York Times reports: Silicon Valley’s biggest companies are always watching you — even when you’re browsing pornography websites in incognito mode. Trackers from tech companies like Google and Facebook are logging your most personal browsing details, according to a forthcoming New Media & Society paper, which scanned 22,484 pornography websites. Where that data ultimately goes is not always …

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Nike Issues Stirring Ad In Praise Of US World Cup Win

Business Insider reports: Nike put out a brand new commercial celebrating the accomplishments of the United States Women’s National Team both on and off the field. The United States Women’s National Team won their second straight World Cup on Sunday, dominating Netherlands 2-0 in the final. Second after securing the trophy, Nike released an inspiring new commercial celebrating the team’s …

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Trump Uses Paid Stock Models In Endorsement Ads

The Associated Press reports: A series of Facebook video ads for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign shows what appears to be a young woman strolling on a beach in Florida, a Hispanic man on a city street in Texas and a bearded hipster in a coffee shop in Washington, D.C., all making glowing, voice-over endorsements of the president. “I could …

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Nabisco Enrages Wingnuts With Pro-Trans Pride Tweet

Predictable furor from the far-right Federalist: Oreo cookies, a division of international foods giant Nabisco, announced yesterday a “special” LGBT edition that includes lectures about how to use transgender pronouns. “We’re proud to celebrate inclusivity for all gender identities and expressions,” the company wrote in its Facebook post announcing the change. “In partnership with NCTE, we’re giving away special edition …

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German Burger King Ad Celebrates Same-Sex Marriage With Diamonds Made Of Whoppers And An F-Bomb

Ad Age reports: Fresh off its impressive showing at the Cannes Lions festival, Burger King has debuted its latest out-of-the-box move: diamonds made out of Whoppers. To celebrate Pride month, the brand has debuted the “Whopper Diamond,” jewels crafted from the ashes of its signature offering. The diamonds adorn a pair of bespoke wedding rings for a homosexual couple, Dima …

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Anheuser-Busch Loses “Corn Syrup” Court Battle

Courthouse News reports: A Wisconsin judge has ordered Anheuser-Busch to stop suggesting in advertising that MillerCoors’ light beers contain corn syrup, wading into a fight between two beer giants that are losing market share to smaller, independent brewers. Corn syrup is used by some brewers during fermentation. During that process, corn syrup is broken down and consumed by yeast so …

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Trans Man Shaves For First Time In New Gillette Ad

CNN reports: A man’s first shave is a milestone no matter who you are. But for transgender man Samson Bonkeabantu Brown, it was memorable for several reasons. Brown shared the experience with a man identified as his father in an advertisement for Gillette, the maker of razors and shaving supplies. The video, which Gillette shared on its Facebook page, shows …

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Google Gave Free Ads To Catholic Anti-Abortion Group

The Guardian reports: Google has given tens of thousands of dollars in free advertising to an anti-abortion group that runs ads suggesting it provides abortion services at its medical clinics, but actually seeks to deter “abortion-minded women” from terminating their pregnancies. The Obria Group, which runs a network of clinics funded by Catholic organizations, received a $120,000 Google advertising grant …

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New Rules Require Prices In Television Drug Ads

Axios reports: The Trump administration finalized a rule Wednesday that will require pharmaceutical companies to post the list prices of their drugs in TV commercials. The drug industry may sue to block the rule, and many people are skeptical that publishing prices in ads would help patients or successfully shame drugmakers into lowering their prices. But the rule is another …

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PA Mass Transit Tests Video Ads Before Fare Purchase

Pennsylvania’s SETPA mass transit system has begun a pilot program in which commuters must watch a video ad before loading their fare card at train station kiosks. Philadelphia Magazine weighs in: On the one hand, SEPTA’s facing a potentially catastrophic risk to its budget, on account of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, one of its biggest funders, being billions of dollars in …

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