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Biden campaign officials criticize Facebook’s 2020 election handling

first_img– Advertisement – In this photo illustration, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seen on a mobile screen as he remotely testifies during the hearing of U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation titled “Does Section 230’s Sweeping Immunity Enable Big Tech Bad Behavior?” on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., the United States.Pavlo Conchar | LightRocket | Getty Images On Wednesday, Megan Clasen, a senior paid media advisor for the campaign, criticized Facebook’s choice of words indicating that Biden had won the election.Two days earlier, Bill Russo, deputy communications director for the Biden campaign, went on a 10-tweet condemnation of Facebook’s handling of misinformation:- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Several Biden campaign officials have criticized Facebook’s handling of the 2020 election, suggesting that the incoming administration may not go easy on the company, which has come under increasing government scrutiny in recent years.Facebook already faces antitrust probes and investigations from several federal and state agencies. Among them is the Federal Trade Commission, which is likely to sue Facebook for antitrust violations before the end of the month, according to a report last week from Politico. Since first testifying before Congress in 2018 about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been called to explain his company’s actions to government officials multiple times. In 2020 alone, he has testified before the House Antitrust Subcommittee, Senate Commerce Committee and the FTC.Now, Biden officials have signaled they’re paying close attention.- Advertisement – In response to these tweets, a Facebook spokesman noted that others, albeit no Biden campaign officials, have praised the company’s handling of the election.Biden campaign digital director Rob Flaherty has also posted several tweets criticizing company’s policies on political ads.In an Oct. 29 statement, Flaherty accused Facebook of providing no clarity regarding its policy decision to against allowing any new political ads a week prior to the election. The policy was plagued by a technical issue that improperly blocked ads that were submitted before the deadline.Flaherty on Wednesday once again criticized Facebook’s ad policies, this time taking issue with the company’s decision to not allow any political ads until December — a decision that impacts the campaigns for the two unsettled Senate races in Georgia. The state has a runoff set for Jan. 5. After Facebook product management director Rob Leathern tweeted that the company did not have the technical capabilities to allow ads in one specific state while blocking them in others, Flaherty responded with a link to a Facebook statement from December 2018 in which the company announced that it would not allow local political ads in the state of Washington.Biden officials have made other complaints against Facebook well before the election. In September, the campaign sent a letter to Zuckerberg accusing the platform of backsliding on its work to protect democracy in the U.S.Specifically, the campaign criticized Facebook’s decision against prohibiting a video posted on the Trump campaign’s Facebook page featuring Donald Trump Jr. claiming without evidence that his father’s opponents have a plan “to add millions of fraudulent ballots that can cancel your vote and overturn the election.”“No company that considers itself a force for good in democracy, and that purports to take voter suppression seriously, would allow this dangerous claptrap to be spread to millions of people,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon wrote in the letter. “Removing this video should have been the easiest of easy calls under your policies, yet it remains up today.”last_img read more

Kate Hawkesby: Drug Foundation cannabis survey shouldn’t be trusted

first_imgNewsTalk ZB 21 February 2020Family First Comment: Spot on! “Two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as a lobby group for reform, magically produce a new survey showing support for it increases to 50, ‘when people are more informed’. What does that mean? More informed by a certain bias? Well yes.We had the Drug Foundations Ross Bell on earlier in the show, claiming a study they’ve done, with questions commissioned by the Helen Clark Foundation showing support for cannabis legalisation at 50 percent.Here’s my problem with that – two independent surveys recently showed support for cannabis reform dropping to 39 percent, and yet the Drug Foundation.. an organisation propped up with government funding, with vested political interests acting as a lobby group for reform, magically produce a new survey showing support for it increases to 50, ‘when people are more informed’.What does that mean? More informed by a certain bias? Well yes.According to the Foundation, ‘more informed’ means telling people about the controls and rules in the draft legislation, but does not include giving real life examples like the recent spike in the black market in Canada, and the huge problem with crime and the increase in youth use and addiction rates in Colorado.That’s not what the Drug Foundation regards as ‘informing’.And by the way, whose doing the educating and informing campaigns on our drug reform?The Drug Foundation’s one of them. They’re currently advertising a campaign organiser job touting ’30 weeks to win on cannabis’ at 72 grand a year (pro rata).READ MORE: https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/on-air/early-edition/opinion/kate-hawkesby-drug-foundation-cannabis-survey-at-odds-with-independent-surveys/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Wooden Lion turns his gaze on Lion’s (Century) Park, thanks to Denny Leak and his chainsaw

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +10 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago I have watched this come about as I drive by here daily. Awesome work and very much appreciated. A great addition to the walking park. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Priscilla Rinehart · 240 weeks ago I worked with Denny 20+ years ago. Glad to find this out about him. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down M. Cortez · 240 weeks ago This wooden line looks really cool. It does not give a wooden touch. It looks so elegant and so nice. Also color is amazing. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down carol v · 240 weeks ago What a terrific addition to this park! Love it. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down dave · 240 weeks ago good job i think this lion is very cool and couldn’t be in a better place this is more of what wellington needs something to lighten the mood!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Susan DeMayo · 50 weeks ago Please send this to Mr Leer.This tree has turned into a beautiful peace of art. 12 years ago my son sat by this tree and went to heaven it has taken me years to just be able to drive by this park now I will go and sit to a result of love and beauty instead of deep heart ache. Thank you for your talent and your admiration to help and guide people. Susan DeMayo. Caldwell Ks Report Reply 1 reply · active 36 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Denny Leak · 36 weeks ago Dear Susan, Just by accident, I saw your comments today. It gave me goosebumps. I am touched by your message. Did you read the little plaque I put on the Lion. I knew about your story and I tried to leave a message of hope and encouragement. Bless your heart. Peace! Denny Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — Denny Leak has been working hard on the wooden lion statue at Century Park, formerly known as Lions Park, in Wellington. With the recent storms and colder weather, it may be a month or more before the job is complete, but the lion statue is getting closer and definitely has the lion look.  Leak said he put a coat of linseed oil on the face and head area so the wood would not turn white when rain comes. He has also painted the eyes green. “I think it’s really going great,” he said. “I still have work to do on the body.” Leak was originally going to be paid by the city, but funds have run out, so he will not be getting paid. He had agreed to do the statue for the park board earlier. He does have some expense involved, which is mostly supplies for the saw and materials to put on the wood. In light of that he has created a Go Fund Me page (CLICK HERE TO DONATE) where people can make donations to the project. Leak said he would donate half of what is received will go to services for children he works with. Leak has been a child or school psychologist for a long time. He is also known to work with autistic children in a state program. He does things like take the children to a restaurant to learn how to order food, or go to a zoo, or other field trips. The field trips are not paid for by the programs. He started this project a few weeks ago, and has worked when he had time. The works is done primarily with a chain saw, but Leak uses other tools for detail. He did the eyes with a smaller tool, and twice sanded it off because he was not happy with how it looked.Denny Leak was originally going to be paid by the city of Wellington. Now he has set up a Go Fund Me page.That has made the eyes deeper though, and it gives the statue more depth, so he is still happy with it.  The project came about when the city was going to take out a large maple tree. The park board arranged with him to do a statue. He marked the tree as to what should be left, and the city took out the rest of the tree. It is a big older maple tree, which is great for sculpting. He said he was not sure what to make there, but his wife suggested a lion because it is (or was) the Lion’s’ Club park. “It is solid maple,” Leak said. “I am real excited because you can really see the maple wood.” Leak will use oil stain to darken the lion’s mane. The natural maple is a good color for the rest of the body. He has been carving things out of wood with a chainsaw for years, getting his start years ago clearing trees on his father’s farm in Colorado. His wife suggested making a bear, and he did. That went well, so there were more projects. At Wellington Lake, near the headquarters, there is a large walleye carved out of cedar, which is also his work.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more