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Fake warnings on e-cig ads distract kids from truth. Messages such as “IMPORTANT: Contains flavor” appeared atop the ads in large print inside a box, mimicking the format of the then-upcoming federally mandated message – “WARNING: This product con
When it comes to marketing electronic cigarettes to young people, fake news appears to stick. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration currently requires a prominent warning about the dangers of nicotine for e-cigarettes. But just before that mandate, a 2017 campaign by e-cigarette maker blu included fake warnings in precisely the place the real...
corporateCorruption  advertising  governmentIncompetence 
march 2019 by joeybaker
Spammers bombarded mobile phones in the US with 48 million robocalls in 2018
Preliminary year-end data is in on the explosive growth in robocalls to cell phones in the US, with more people than ever getting bombarded by calls from spammers and marketers who go to great lengths to trick you into answering their call. Robocall management company YouMail has been tracking the volume of calls and says that 2018 saw 48 million of them harass cell phone owners in the US last year, up 60 percent from 2017. That’s a huge jump in...
advertising  userIsTheProduct  ISP  corporateIncompetence  corporateCorruption 
january 2019 by joeybaker
Social media use increases depression and loneliness - In the first experimental study of Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram use, a University of Pennsylvania psychologist showed a causal link between time spent on the platforms and decreased well-being
Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram may not be great for personal well-being. In the first experimental study examining use of multiple platforms, Melissa G. Hunt of the University of Pennsylvania shows a causal link between time spent on these social media and increased depression and loneliness.
humanPsycology  advertising 
november 2018 by joeybaker
We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.
On the eve of the 2018 midterms, Facebook’s “Paid for by” disclosure for political ads is easily manipulated.
advertising  corporateIncompetence  informationWar 
october 2018 by joeybaker
Netflix will now interrupt series binges with video ads for its other series
Netflix confirms “test”; video ads appear with a “but first, check out...” prompt.
august 2018 by joeybaker
Facebook VP's internal memo literally states that growth is their only value, even if it costs users their lives
Facebook Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said that “questionable contact importing practices,” “subtle language that helps people stay searchable,” and other growth techniques are justified by the company’s connecting of people.
advertising  corporateCorruption 
march 2018 by joeybaker
New data show the NRA increased online ad spending aggressively after Parkland shooting
Within four days of the Parkland shooting, the National Rifle Association increased its advertising aggressively on Facebook, spending so widely and indiscriminately that its ads on YouTube showed up on videos for school-age kids.
advertising  corporateIndemnity 
march 2018 by joeybaker
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