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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

Akpom ready to step up for Arsenal

first_img Wenger is keen to keep that pair on board for the season but has hinted Akpom, who has already spent time away from the club at Brentford, Coventry and Nottingham Forest, could again be loaned out in a bid to gain more experience. The chances are it would be to a fellow Premier League club on this occasion – but the England Under-20 international insists he would rather compete with the likes of Walcott, Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck for a spot in Wenger’s side. “I would rather stay here and fight for a place and give it my all and compete with the other strikers,” he added. “There is a lot of talent in the team but I think I am capable of competing and getting a place in the team, it’s all down to hard work. “The boss really likes playing young players when he can and that motivates the young players because it shows them that they have a chance. “This season I think everyone will say there is good team spirit and cohesion since we went on tour and now so the team is looking strong and I think we have a chance of a major trophy. “Hopefully we can keep this team strong for many years to come. There are a lot of young players coming through and everyone will be familiar with how players play and that can only make players stronger.” Press Association Chuba Akpom has hailed Arsene Wenger’s decision to back his young players – and believes he can be the man to deliver the extra goals the Arsenal boss desires. The fact seven different players struck the goals to win Arsenal’s annual friendly tournament is testament to Wenger’s belief and England forward Theo Walcott is also close to signing a new deal. Akpom, meanwhile, is ready to step up to the mark in the coming season – starting with Sunday’s Community Shield clash with reigning champions Chelsea. “It’s really good preparation,” the 19-year-old said of the Emirates Cup double-header. “The experience for me and the other young players to get minutes and show people what we can do – we are all excited about the game at the weekend now. “It’s nice to see the young players doing well and the boss says he will always give opportunities to young players who are doing their job. “The main thing for me is for a manger to have confidence and faith in me so for the manager to say that he isn’t after another striker is good. “But the hard work doesn’t stop there it means you have to maintain a place and there are a lot of good strikers and goals in the team so hopefully his season I can give it my all and be involved in the team.” Akpom, who has yet to score a competitive senior goal for the Gunners, was arguably overshadowed by the likes of fellow teenage pair Alex Iwobi and Jeff Reine-Adelaide during the Emirates Cup. The Gunners have been linked with a host of big-name strikers from across Europe as many believe Wenger needs to bring in a top-class finisher to turn Arsenal into bonafide Premier League contenders. Ahead of the weekend’s Emirates Cup success, which included a 6-0 thrashing of Lyon and a 1-0 win over Wolfsburg, Wenger said he felt there were enough goals in his side and challenged the current crop to add 10 more to the 71 scored in the league last year. last_img read more