Facebook, Vladimir Putin, NPR discussed on Morning Edition


Some are acting just for this month of July. Others for longer and the boycott includes Facebook's property, instagram. Cos they're pressing Facebook to do more about malicious content. Facebook We should notice among NPR's financial supporters that we cover them just the same, including criticism of the company, which we're hearing this morning from NPR Tech correspondent Shannon Bond. Good morning. Morning, Steve and we should note the advertisers are pressing Facebook because they're under pressure. Who's pushing him? A coalition of Abassi groups is urging these advertisers to pull their money from Facebook. One of those groups is color of change their civil rights organization, and I spoke with her president Rashad Robinson, He says. Facebook has given its critics no other choice. This failure to address these problems have given those of us in the civil rights community as well as corporations on Ly one path, and that is the path of having to pursue this boycott. So the coalition is making 10 demands of Facebook, ranging from giving advertisers their money back if their ads appear next to content that gets removed to cracking down on lies from politicians do all 300 The companies that are dropping Facebook for awhile, support all the demands. Well, there's a real mix. Some do support the demands, but some others like Coca Cola and Target say, yes, we're going to pause reconsider our Facebook advertising, in some cases, all of their social media advertising. They say they're not officially joining this boycott, and I think what's going on there is these companies feel pressure there. These huge protests this reckoning over racism we're seeing in this country. Companies feel pressure to show they're doing something. But they also want to put some distance between themselves in this campaign, so they're more free to make their own decisions about whether and when to resume advertising on Facebook. Well, how is Facebook, responding? Facebook says it invest billions of dollars in keeping its platform safe. And just yesterday, it said it banned hundreds of accounts in groups connected to the boogaloo movement. That's a loose network of far right extremists, and that's the kind of thing advertisers want to see the company doing. Here's what Facebook's top spokesman Nick Clegg, told CNN on Sunday. Facebook. We have absolutely no incentive to tolerate hate speech. We don't like you know, users don't like it advertises understandably don't like it. Clegg pointed out that over 100 billion messages are sent on Facebook's platforms every day, and so, you know, the company tries to crack down. It's not perfect. You can't remove everything. Last week, CEO Mark Mark Zuckerberg did announce some policy changes Facebook's going to put warning labels on post from politicians like President Trump. The briquettes rules, and that's a huge reversal. But when Zuckerberg made that announcement, he did not mention the advertising boycott at all. Well, can I just ask? You've mentioned a couple of times here that for many companies, this is a temporary departure there coming back. How dependent? Are they on Facebook? Well, you know, Facebook has a huge stable of advertisers. I mean, it's whole business's advertising. But for many of these advertisers, it's just not really a choice to leave Facebook, Facebook and other social media groups. Let them reach specific communities at a fraction of what they would pay to, you know, buy a commercial on broadcast television. You know, a really good example I think is one of one of the biggest spenders right now is the Biden campaign. You know, Joe Biden has been very vocal lately and criticizing Facebook. He's calling for changes. He says the company needs to crack down moron hate speech. But you know when NPR asked his campaign if it was going to stop advertising on Facebook, the spokesman told us quote with less than five months until election Day. We cannot afford to see these platforms to Donald Trump and his lies. That's a quote NPR's Shannon Bond. Thanks so much. Thank you. Russians are voting today on more than 200 amendments to their constitution. They're being asked to give a simple yes or no answer to all. Here's why it's so high stakes. One of the amendments would allow Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 16 years. NPR's Lucien Kim is in Moscow. The Russian constitution is strangely specific about presidential term limits. It says. No person shall serve more than two consecutive terms. Thanks to that wording, Vladimir Putin is now in his fourth term after taking a break and serving as prime minister. Some Russians wondered if you try that again in 2024. They got their answer in March, Sublevel only institute A member of parliament proposed a constitutional amendment resetting Putin's presidential term limits, but Valiant Bilbo has emotion, Putin told parliament it might be a good idea, but only if they got the blessing of the constitutional Court and the Russian people. Political analyst Masha Lipman says Putin wanted a national vote because it lends him legitimacy. It is very important to him to have this popular endorsement, even if it is a forest, even if it is a travesty off popular will the amendment letting Putin stay in power was tacked onto a raft of changes. Enshrining Russians faith in God in the constitution, banning gay marriage and elevating the status of the Russian language. Sure enough, The amendments were rubber stamped by Russia's parliament and the constitutional court. But then the Corona virus hit Russia and Putin reluctantly had to postpone the vote. Originally scheduled for April, He was forests to eagled to the power of the virus. But he never concedes the pressure. I think this is a unique situation, which he had to yield. Now the vote is going ahead. Even though Russia has the world's third highest number of Corona virus infections. The Central Election Commission says all health and safety precautions are being taken with temperature controls, masks and gloves at polling stations. TV ads have shown Russian celebrities saying why they plan to vote for Putin's amendments.

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