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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

Francis Frimpong, a different route to the highest level

first_imgThe dream was to play for his country but for Francis Frimpong, a graduate of the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana; the dream was never realised.He competed at the 2008 West African University Games hosted by the University of Ghana but top level play was never to be his lot; however Francis Frimpong did find another route to high level, he followed the path of officialdom. He is Ghana’s only blue badge umpire; in that capacity he has travelled the world.In recent times he has umpired in such tournaments as the World Championships, on the ITTF World Tour, at Olympic Games Qualification events, the African Games and the Africa Top 16 Cup.Currently, he is attending the Northwest Normal University in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, China; the opportunity having been possible following a grant provided by the Chinese government.He spoke to Olalekan Okusan, the ITTF-Africa Press OfficerIn addition to playing table tennis as a form of physical exercise; it is a game that virtually everybody can play. All persons irrespective of age, gender and race love it. I am fascinated with all the mechanics and scientific principles applied to table tennis. It involves making decisions in microseconds due to the speed of the ball, the spin it carries and the trajectories. These characteristics have positive effects on my daily life.I played in many competitions, including national open championships and the national table tennis league. I also won many matches for the University of Education, Winneba during my undergraduate studies. A memorable moment was the Men’s Singles quarter-final match at the 2008 West African University Games, when I lost three-nil to Quadri Aruna.I value fairness in life especially when there is the need to follow a set of rules or guidelines. As an umpire, I just love to make sure players compete fairly within the spirit of sportsmanship, observing all rules to obtain an unbiased result without unfair advantages. This makes me so happy whenever I receive invitation for any competition.I always wanted to study alongside playing table tennis but generally, the support system for intellectual in sports in Ghana has not been favourable. It was quite a challenge to train well for top competitions and still keep up with the pace of academics. Therefore, in order to remain in the game, I decided rather to give attention to the rules and regulations through its application. I knew being serious with it would take me closer to the highest competitions even if I was not playing again.Getting to the table is just like walking into your office, you must dress correctly in your suit, you need to be as smart as the speed of the table tennis ball in play as well as making clear decisions in microseconds and ensure fairness throughout the match. Currently I am a postgraduate research student in China majoring in Sports Biomechanics, Human Movement Science. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a Diploma in Sports Coaching; both from the University of Education in Winneba, Ghana. I moved to China for postgraduate studies following an award of a scholarship by the government of China which comprises tuition fees, accommodation, a comprehensive medical insurance and a monthly allowance.Besides other important and personal reasons, I chose China over two other countries who also offered me similar scholarships at the same time, because here I have the opportunity to learn and research the sport that I love so much; it is their national sporting discipline.I usually handle such matches with the necessary attention it needs by focusing on the ball in each rally and making sure all vital rules are observed by all players. Irrespective of the top players, I make sure no one gets unfair advantages in the matches.It feels great to be introduced on the world stage and get to hear my name and that of my motherland mentioned. Moreover, I always feel privileged whenever I realise most times that I am the youngest umpire amongst all officials at one competition or the other.There was a competition where I stood as the only umpire from Africa and similarly on several occasions as the only Ghanaian. Nevertheless, I never forget the day I received a confirmatory message for progressing as a blue badge umpire. I will want to continue umpire as long as I have the strength, time and opportunity to do so. Having experienced the World Championships, I want to work harder and make it to the Olympic Games in the near future. There has been great improvement in Africa. The level of play has improved in most African countries thanks to talent discovery and development programmes organised by the African Table Tennis Federation. More importantly the current performance and rankings of African players has improved on the world stage.last_img read more