Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently announced that the social media platform will stop the sale of all political advertising globally. Dropping the gauntlet on Facebook, which has refused to take a stand against political misinformation, Dorsey says “reach should be earned.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg’s stance on political advertising is remarkably different from Dorsey’s. Zuckerburg has recently been grilled on his views that politicians should be allowed to lie. Explaining Facebook should not be deciding the accuracy of information in a political discourse, Zuckerburg says “I don’t think it’s right for a private company to censor politicians or the news in a democracy.” Facebook was recently attacked for it’s refusal to fact check ads from Trump’s reelection campaign that were refused by major news networks for false information. Their policy of running any political ad led Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to run an intentionally false ad claiming Facebook and Mark Zuckerburg were backing the re-election of Trump. As for Twitter, Dorsey says their decision goes beyond free expression. “This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle.”
Surprising millions of Twitter users with the announcement, Dorsey revealed through an 11-tweet thread that political ads would end on November 22nd, 2019. Seeing the practice as forcing highly optimized and targeted political messages toward its users, Dorsey says the ads influence a decision making process that should not be compromised by money. “While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers,” Jack says, “this power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions.”
Twitter’s change in policy will not affect ads toward voter registration.
Porsha Williams and Yandy Smith Arrested While Protesting for Breonna Taylor
Everybody’s favorite Peach and the Love & Hip Hop princess were recently arrested for protesting outside the house of the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Videos circulated of the arrest, leading to an outpouring of support for them.
Since these uprisings began, Porsha, specifically, has transformed from a walking glamor-shot into a head and flats-wearing protester. Together, she and Yandy have put their money and bodies where their mouths are in order to bolster the voices of justice-seekers and help protect protesters.
That was clear to see when Porsha X and Yandy Luther King were released from prison 12 hours later. One way in which celebrities can help in these situations is by ensuring that people are treated more fairly by proximity. While police departments have no problem being needlessly aggressive toward protesters, having a celebrity in the mix can sometimes cause them to rethink some of the more heinous actions, so as to end up another headline. I’m not sure that this was the case in Kentucky, but these women seem to be making an effort to use whatever resources they have to push society in the right direction.
Torey Lanez Arrested For Gun Charges; Megan Thee Stallion Goes to the Hospital For Foot Damage
I… I don’t know where to begin… Oh, yeah! Megan must think she’s grown, since she’s out here galivanting with that Jenner girl and riding around with some boy with a gun. She know she knows better.
Last night, Megan Thee Stallion and Torey Lanez were seen on Instagram Live with Kylie Jenner. I just checked the calendar and, yes, the pandemic was in fact still going on yesterday, but apparently COVID-19 is only a threat to us poors. Somehow, the night escalated and TMZ is reporting that there was an altercation between Torey and another party goer. At some point, shots were fired in the air and the police were called. They found Torey and the rap princess herself in the car. Her foot was somehow wounded in all of this, so she was taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, Lanez was taken to jail, where he was let out on bail.
There’s still no reporting as to why Kylie Jenner seems to believe right now is the best time to have a pool party, nor have they recovered Megan’s mind. You see, she seems to have lost it at some point if she thinks that COVID-19 can’t is no longer a threat. I live in California. Our cases have spiked. People here are afraid to breathe in the same room as one another, but Megan is out here acting like she’s immune. I would expect this from Torey, but Megan has a successful career to think about. It’s just all very disappointing.
Naya Rivera’s Body Has Been Found
Naya Rivera’s body has been found in Lake Piru after a nearly week-long search for her body. The particulars around her death are still unclear, but her son, aged-4, was found alone on Wednesday in a boat. Not long before that, Rivera had tweeted out a photo of herself and her son, presumably on the boat.
Social media users took a particularly keen interest in this story for a number of reasons. Primarily, there was the mystery. Her son being found alone while his mother seemed to have been missing or dead made for an intriguing story for many. But there was more to this before long. Naya was a brown girl and the initial search was not long enough for the liking of people who have an understanding that our girls go missing and often are never searched for by the “proper authorities”.
Sadly, there were also plenty of tweets around her family, who seemed desperate to find her. Some posted videos of her father swimming to find his daughter. They questioned how her son got back on the boat. They questioned if her ex-husband was somehow involved. This is normal. People were trying to make sense of a senseless situation. It has, however, created a kind of spectacle out of her disappearance.
Naya’s death is emblematic for a lot of people, though. She was a non-White actress who played a lesbian woman in a show that seemed all but created specifically for queer people. Given some of the losses we’ve seen in the past few months, it’s natural that people would take this one personally. To our readers, those who looked to her as representation, we say we’re sorry for your grief.
And to Naya Rivera’s family, we say that we hope for healing, we hope for love, and we hope you can find peace in this media storm. Rivera will be missed by many. Her legacy is lasting.
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