Russian voters overwhelmingly back a ploy by Putin to rule until 2036
- Moscow (CNN) - President Vladimir Putin has won a resounding victory in his bid to stay in power until the middle of the next decade, as Russians voted overwhelmingly to endorse the country's political status quo, according to preliminary results.
- Russians went to the polls Wednesday to cast ballots in a nationwide referendum on constitutional amendments.
- Russia's Central Election Commission said that 73% of citizens had voted in support of the constitutional changes, after processing 25% of votes as polls closed.
- Russia's Central Election Commission on Wednesday released a preliminary tally of results in a nationwide referendum on constitutional changes, saying 73% of the citizens who voted support the amendments.
- Then as now, Putin had the advantages of incumbency, plus a servile state media that allows for little open debate on domestic politics and a large state sector that encourages employees to cast votes for the status quo.
Biden campaign will not pull advertising despite widening boycott against Facebook
- Since launching his run for president in April 2019, the Biden campaign has spent $26.7 million on advertising on the social media platform, with $22.3 million of that spending coming since just before the South Carolina primary.
- The North Face and REI were among the first to join the pressure campaign, and since then, a long list of major companies -- including Ben & Jerry's, Adidas, Patagonia and Birchbox -- have followed suit.
- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg agreed to meet with civil rights groups amid the widening advertiser boycott of the social media platform, the company told CNN Wednesday.
- In June, the Biden campaign launched a push they are calling #MoveFastFixIt, urging its millions of supporters to sign an open letter to Zuckerberg.
Russians hit the reset button for Putin, but questions of legitimacy linger over his long-term rule
- Moscow (CNN) - On Wednesday, voters across Russia will have a chance to hit the reset button for Vladimir Putin: A national referendum will decide whether to approve a raft of constitutional amendments that will allow the Russian president to run for two more terms in office, potentially extending his tenure until 2036.
- Back in March, Valentina Tereshkova, a Russian MP from the ruling United Russia party, called in a theatrically staged parliament session for a constitutional amendment that would allow Putin to run for president again after his current term ends in 2024.
- State-run pollster VTsIOM on Monday released early results from exit polling that suggest Putin will win approval for the amendments: According to those results, around 76% of respondents at 800 polling stations around Russia said they supported the constitutional changes.
Maverick Meghan Markle? This Could Be Her Election Year!
- As Meghan Markle slowly realizes that the Hollywood career she had in mind isn’t coming to fruition, it seems she’s looking to branch out.
- The fact that it has a political theme is interesting, considering the reported intention of Meghan Markle to make inroads into the social justice and political scene.
- Prince Harry was going to try and break into the lucrative speaking circuit, while Meghan seemed determined to make a real fist of it in Hollywood.
- If real-life isn’t going according to plan, and no Hollywood directors are looking to turn you into a star, why not just write your own screenplay?
- At this stage, it’s looking like the only way Meghan Markle comes out of this whole situation as the hero is if she writes the script herself.
Facebook still won’t take down politicians’ misleading posts, but it’s trying to register 4 million new voters
- The company plans to show this Voting Information Center to 160 million people in total and aims to help 4 million Americans register to vote — that’s twice the number of voters the company says it helped register in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, using similar efforts.
- Instead, they want Facebook to consider a “non-binary” action that would label those posts as misleading or contentious, similar to what Twitter did with Trump’s mail-in ballot statements in May. Facebook did not respond to a request to answer follow-up questions about the voter information center in time for publication.
- Considering Zuckerberg’s long-standing ethos that Facebook should not be an “arbiter of truth” on contentious political speech, his decision not to intervene with world leaders on controversial posts about voting but instead surface more seemingly objective information makes sense.
As advertisers revolt, Facebook commits to flagging 'newsworthy' political speech that violates policy
- As advertisers pull away from Facebook to protest the social networking giant’s hands-off approach to misinformation and hate speech, the company is instituting a number of stronger policies to woo them back.
- In a livestreamed segment of the company’s weekly all-hands meeting, CEO Mark Zuckerberg recapped some of the steps Facebook is already taking, and announced new measures to fight voter suppression and misinformation — although they amount to things that other social media platforms like Twitter have already enacted and enforced in more aggressive ways.
- At the heart of the policy changes is an admission that the company will continue to allow politicians and public figures to disseminate hate speech that does, in fact, violate the Facebook’s own guidelines — butit will add a label to denote they’re remaining on the platform because of their “newsworthy” nature.
Driving a Responsible Digital Ecosystem in These Polarized Times
- Unilever has long been at the forefront of providing industry leadership within a changing digital supply chain, whether it be viewability, measurement, ad fraud or brand safety and we’ve continued to evolve our approach to address societal issues with the Unilever Responsibility Framework that calls for more responsible platforms, content and infrastructure.
- We have made substantial progress, and we acknowledge the efforts of our partners, but there is much more to be done, especially in the areas of divisiveness and hate speech during this polarized election period in the U.S. The complexities of the current cultural landscape have placed a renewed responsibility on brands to learn, respond and act to drive a trusted and safe digital ecosystem.
- We will continue to work with our partners individually and through all industry forums such as the Association of National Advertisers (ANA), World Federation of Advertisers (WFA), Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM), among others, to drive action, transparency, clarify policies and create consistency in enforcement.
Kentucky election largely a success despite worries of suppression - Business Insider
- Before the election, a number of prominent celebrities and athletes including Ava Duvernay, Ellen Degeneres, and Jennifer Lawrence, athletes like LeBron James, and national political figures including Hillary Clinton, former Mayor Pete Buttigieg, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar took to social media to accuse Kentucky of using the COVID-19 pandemic to engage in racist voter suppression by slashing in-person places from the usual 3,700 per election to just 200.
- In anticipation of the lack of poll workers, Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky's top election official, Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams struck a bipartisan agreement to allow voters to vote absentee and vote early in-person without an excuse for June's election.
- In addition to the shortage of poll-workers, Thorpe said that officials should take steps to streamline and centralize communication around election policies, conduct more outreach on social media to educate voters unfamiliar with the process on how to vote absentee, and iron out logistical problems at polling places, like parking and access for voters with disabilities.
Opinion: Trump is desperate -- and dangerous
- Now wounded, Trump is resorting to a kind of political terror campaign, spreading blatant lies about foreign-based election fraud and a "RIGGED 2020 ELECTION." Trump's false claims, which have been repeatedly debunked by CNN and others, destroy public trust in the foundation of our democracy and set the stage for a potentially dangerous crisis if voters end up questioning the results on Election Day. After three-and-a-half years of his deceitful and chaotic reign, Trump's lies about voting come as no surprise.
- In states like Arizona, Texas, and Florida, where GOP governors followed his lead, the spikes in infections have helped push the nation to break the previous single-day record of new cases.
- Even his campaign rallies, which fail to enforce face masks and social distancing, seem self-defeating if you consider that older voters who favored Trump in 2016 are more vulnerable to the coronavirus.
- Encouraging seniors to risk their health by attending indoor rallies where most people don't wear masks (following Trump's example) hardly seems like a good move.