Facebook turned down 2.2 million ads meant to interfere with US voting

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Facebook really, really wants you to know it’s cracking down on attempts to interfere with voting in the 2020 US election. Global affairs VP Nick Clegg told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview (via The Guardian and AFP) that Facebook had re…

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China advertising market overview in H1 2020 (updated)

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The total advertising spending in China decreased by almost 20% YoY in the first six months of 2020, including TV, radio, print, outdoor, and internet. IT Products and Services is the only category seeing positive growth (80.9%) in traditional advertising spending in H1 2020. The most popular digital advertising channels in 2020 are influencer live […]

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Tencent highlights for Q2 2020; WeChat MAU +7% to 1.2 billion

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WeChat MAU grew 6.5% YoY to 1,206.1 million in Q2 2020 while another social platform of Tencent QQ saw a decrease of 8.4% YoY to 647.6 million according to Tencent’s financial results. In Q2 2020, Tencent added live streaming function to school-plus-home groups facilitated online education within WeChat. MAUs and daily messages sent both increased […]

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Facebook will label ads from politically connected publications

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With the 2020 presidential election coming up, Facebook is introducing a new policy that will require US-based publications connected with political parties, PACs and politicians to disclose their affiliation when they buy political ads.Facebo…

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EU antitrust regulators are investigating Google’s Fitbit purchase

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European Commission antitrust regulators have opened an investigation into Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of wearables company Fitbit. They’re “concerned” that the acquisition would bolster Google’s already-dominant position in online…

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Baidu won the bid for the largest domestic intelligent transportation project

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Apollo intelligent travel technology (Guangzhou) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Baidu Apollo, won the bid of “new infrastructure project of intelligent transportation for automatic driving and vehicle road coordination” in Guangzhou Development Zone, Huangpu District, Guangzhou. The purchaser is Science City (Guangzhou) Investment Group Co., Ltd., with a project valued of nearly 460 million yuan, […]

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Starbucks pauses all social media ads over hate speech concerns

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Starbucks is joining the chorus of major brands withdrawing ads from social networks to highlight complaints about online hate speech. The coffee chain announced it would “pause” ads on all social networking platforms, not just Facebook, while…

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The North Face pulls Facebook ads over hate and misinformation policies

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Criticism of Facebook’s approaches to hate speech and misinformation may hit the social network where it hurts the most: its finances. CNN reports that clothing brand The North Face has become the most recognizable company yet to join an advoc…

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China online advertising market down 20% in Q1 2020 (Updated)

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Due to the impact of the epidemic, China online advertising market could no longer continue its steady growth trend in Q1 2020. Newsfeed has become a primary channel for online advertisers, driven by strong short video growth. In the overall advertising market in China, education sector saw the strongest growth in Q1 while FMCG, Apparel, […]

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