The Republican party's kibosh on future presidential debates is ironic, given how important free speech is to its members. Misinformation, not so much.
"There were conflicts of interest between what was good for the public and what was good for Facebook, and Facebook over and over again chose to optimize for its own interests, like making more
money," former Facebook product manager Frances Haugen told "60 Minutes."
Driving this high estimate is the use of Facebook as a fundraising tool.
The timing of a just-released analysis of how members of Congress use social media for themselves couldn't be better, coming as they once again hear testimony from one of their personal favorite
A new report shows the number of Republicans who believe in protecting freedom of information has risen 10%, while 65% of Democrats now support the government's involvement in restricting
Coming back from a self-imposed news blackout during an "off-the-grid" family vacation last week, the first thing that struck me was how utterly predictable the dumbfounded reaction of the U.S. news
cycle can be when it comes to inherently predictable events.
"While we agree that Facebook must safeguard user privacy, it is similarly imperative that Facebook allow credible academic researchers and journalists like those involved in the Ad Observatory
project to conduct independent research that will help illuminate how the company can better tackle misinformation, disinformation, and other harmful activity that is proliferating on its platforms,"
three Senate Democrats say in a letter sent Monday to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
"We're on the verge of having platforms and companies so powerful and so influential in the political process that they're ungovernable," Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Romer told Bloomberg. He
expects Congress to pass legislation to rein in big tech companies.
Moore has joined a task force to help the government determine how it can use data on U.S. citizens to train and support AI models, helping the U.S. better compete with China and Russia.
In a closely watched case, the Supreme Court Thursday voted 6-3 to narrow the scope of a 1980s-era anti-hacking law.
President Joe Biden's televised address to the joint session of Congress Wednesday night was viewed by 26.9 million people, making it the lowest-rated presidential address in modern history, according
to data released today by Nielsen.
While trust in most institutions has fallen following a year of the pandemic, economic crises and political turmoil, trust in media has fallen to all-time lows since PR giant Edelman began tracking it
in 2012. The overall media industry currently has a "trust index" of 51, according to the just-released Edelman Trust Barometer 2021, ranking it last behind Business (61), NGOs (57) and Government
(53) among major societal institutions.
If you want to understand what institutions people truly trust, pose an existential threat. That, more or less, is what a year of the COVID-19 pandemic has demonstrated, and now that it is being
brought under some semblance of control, some of those institutions are seeing their role as trusted information providers erode along with it -- especially media and brands.
Nearly two-thirds of ad execs agreed with social media platforms' decisions to ban or restrict former President Donald Trump's account, and many are putting their money where their mouths are,
according to new research from Advertiser Perceptions.
While the trust Americans hold in the major television news brands has generally trended downward following the U.S. presidential election, trust in the winner of that election -- President Joe Biden
-- has surged to the highest point since being tracked by consumer research firm Brand Keys for MediaPost.
Senators Amy Klobuchar and Mark Warner stepped in to lead 11 senators in a letter that calls for Google to strengthen enforcement of its policies regarding election-related disinformation, which
includes rejecting all ads that spread election disinformation and stopping ad services on websites that spread false information.
The President's interview on Fox News Election Day morning marks his 100th on the network, marking a symbolic milestone for an industrial complex that has been very bad for American democracy.
The pro-Trump political action committee "America First Action" recently paid Facebook nearly $300,000 to spread 450 untruthful ads about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, according to a
Months into nationwide protests over racial injustice, a majority of American consumers continue to believe brands should speak out publicly about systemic racism and racial injustice, according to a
special report released this morning by the Edelman Trust Barometer. The report, "The Fight For Racial Justice In America," shows that 54% of a national sample of U.S. adults surveyed Aug. 31 agreed
with the statement about brands playing a role. That's up from 51% when Edelman fielded a similar survey Aug. 21, but down from 60% when it researched it June 7.
An ESOMAR webinar featured some of the best pollsters currently examining the U.S. in the weird and wacky world of Trump and his regime, where we can always expect the unexpected.
The Census Bureau is sending emails to 20 million households for which it has email addresses. It is also considering texting.
The biggest brands dominating the post-pandemic programmatic marketplace have been Verizon, the U.S. government (presumably the CDC), Facebook, Amazon, and AT&T. That's the finding of a fascinating
analysis of data derived from APIs and various programmatic trading partners by STAQ Insights, which delineated them in a series of charts plotting the top programmatic brands over the course of the
first 20 weeks of 2020.
Nearly half of Americans believe the White House is the No. 1 source of false and/or misleading information about the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., while a third think it's the mainstream national
media. That's the top-line finding of the Knight Foundation's and Gallup's "Infodemic" report, which surveyed a nationally representative sample of Americans in mid-April to understand how they were
getting information about the pandemic, and which sources were most likely to contribute to disinformation.
A "Press Gazette" poll of more than 1,000 people found that 70% do not think journalists are doing a good job of holding the Government to account on COVID-19.
Only 14% of people worldwide said their government is "very prepared" to cope with the coronavirus outbreak. Brands have an opportunity to respond to consumer uncertainty by providing greater value
and comfort, according to McCann Worldgroup.
Google said those with active advertising accounts during the past year will have access to free ad credits, about $340 million in aggregate. The goal is to help companies stay in touch with their
customers as the COVID-19 outbreak worsens globally.
It's hard to see a silver lining for adland as the country is told to stop socialising -- a 20% forecast revenue dip seems like wishful thinking.
On the eve of the State of the Union Address, USA Facts has issued a report on the State of the Union that reflects some volatility in some fundamental areas, including the population, the
infrastructure, education, health, crime, defense, the U.S. standard of living, and yes, the economy, too. While the U.S. GDP grew 2.3% in 2019, the weakest of the three years of the current
administration, it's on line with the recent historical average since we pulled out of the 2018 recession.
A majority (54%) of Americans believe it's a problem for the U.S. to host next year's G7 Summit at the President's resort, according to a survey conducted this morning by Pollfish for "Research
Intelligencer." Most respondents said they believed the President would benefit from money paid to him by Americans and foreign leaders, or for promoting his resort's brand.
Contrary to proclamations about "fake news," more Americans believe the government, tech industry leaders and even religious leaders act unethically most or some of the time more than journalists do.
That's the latest finding from Pew Research Center's ongoing tracking of Americans' sentiment about a variety of civics matters.