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Your Move, Facebook! | Twitter Bans All Political Advertising

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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.

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Karol Sanchez, 16, Staged Kidnapping Says Law Enforcement

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In a case that gripped New York City, a law enforcement source says Karol Sanchez, a 16 year-old girl, faked her own kidnapping with the help of four male accomplices. 

Monday, December 16, Sanchez was seen on surveillance footage being dragged into a car by two unknown men after walking down a New York City street with her mother. NYPD reported the two were approached by a beige 4-door sedan out of which two men got out, dragged the girl into the vehicle, and pushed her mother down to the ground. Tuesday morning state police  issued an Amber Alert for her disappearance citing a reasonable belief that she was in imminent danger, but Tuesday afternoon, Sanchez popped up at the crime scene and identified herself to nearby patrolmen. 

Witnesses describe the teenager crossing the street to a cop car and then talking with police at the scene. The NYPD 40th Precinct tweeted on Tuesday “WE HAVE A VICTORY TODAY !! Karol has been found !!! Thank you to all who have worked very hard to track down the people involved in this case !!!” 

Now, sources are saying Sanchez admitted to staging her own kidnapping in response to her family considering leaving the U.S. for Honduras, their native home. The girl apparently wanted to stay in America and became unhappy with her mother following this dispute. 

Charges have not yet been filed and NYPD stresses that this investigation is ongoing.

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Trayvon Martin Killer Sues Martin’s Family for $100m

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On the evening of February 26, 2012, the lives of Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton changed forever. Their son, 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was fatally shot by a neighborhood watchman we would all come to know by name, George Zimmerman. The boy’s death sparked nationwide outrage and led to a multitude of protests and the birth of a movement, Black Lives Matter. Despite Zimmerman disobeying the directions of police dispatcher and the lead detective of the case testifying in court that Zimmerman exaggerated key details of his interaction with Martin, a jury found him not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter.

Numerous mugshots of George Zimmerman, the killer of Trayvon Martin

The acquittal dealt a heartbreaking blow to the deceased boy’s parents and his supporters throughout the country, but the knife in the heart came Wednesday as an attorney for Zimmerman filed a lawsuit against Trayvon Martin’s parents, attorney, and others claiming his character was defamed and a key witness in his 2013 criminal case was an “imposter.” 

The lawsuit alleges that various missteps were taken by the family and the prosecution in handling his case. Specifically, Zimmerman claims Martin’s then-girlfriend lied under oath in a conspiracy to aid the State of Florida in obtaining a guilty verdict. 

An attorney for the Florida man told the press Wednesday that more details would be given during a press conference scheduled for Thursday, December 5, at a movie theater screening a new film “The Trayvon Hoax: Unmasking the Witness Fraud that Divided America.”

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McDonald’s Testing Out a New Chicken Sandwich

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Just when you thought the fast-food chicken sandwich hype was over, McDonald’s threw a wrench into the conversation this week with the introduction of a new crispy chicken sandwich for their Knoxville, Tennessee and Houston, Texas markets. So far, reviews have been mixed with one Twitter user,  @TheSruAbides, remarking “pretty tasty…8/10 would try again.” Another user, @Whiskey_Jim, had a slightly different opinion saying the sandwich lacks “flavor and the quality of the chicken is sub par.”

The test menu item comes as the “chicken sandwich wars” have slowed down since the re-release of Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen’s popular chicken sandwich. You can remember the debate which captivated the country began with the Louisiana – based chain’s response to a tweet from rival Chick-fil-A. @PopeyesChicken simply asked “… y’all good?” Two weeks after its debut, the sandwich was sold-out nationwide. Nearly four months later, McDonald’s has finally answered the pleas of franchisees and the demand of the public for a premium chicken sandwich addition to its wide-ranging menu.


On August 19, the official Popeye’s Twitter account ignited a fried chicken sandwich frenzy with a single retweet of rival Chick-fil-A’s post.

According to an October statement, McDonald’s has been “inspired by the customer demand.” Its take on the sandwich touts a fried filet topped with butter and pickles on a potato bread bun. It is even reported to have a “sweet flour” breading – no word on whether or not the meat is seasoned, though.

If you have tried the latest entrant in the fried chicken wars, let us know in the comments below!

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