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Google faces UK scrutiny over new advertising data revamp

Google faces fresh regulatory scrutiny in Britain over plans to revamp its ad data system, after an industry lobbying group complained to the competition watchdog that the changes would cement the U.S. tech giant's online dominance.

Facebook demands academics disable ad-targeting data tool

BOSTON – Academics, journalists and First Amendment lawyers are rallying behind New York University researchers in a showdown with Facebook over its demand that they halt the collection of data showing who is being micro-targeted by political ads on the world’s dominant social media platform.

Trump leans into fear tactics in bid to win Midwest states

MUSKEGON, Michigan – President Donald Trump leaned into fear tactics Saturday as he accused the left of trying to “erase American history, purge American values and destroy the American way of life” in a late reelection pitch to voters in Michigan.

Company to pay $60M for deceptive marketing with pelvic mesh

A company that failed to adequately inform women of dangerous side effects related to permanent pelvic mesh devices will be required to pay $60 million, according to a settlement announced this week by state attorney generals across the U.S.

Joe Biden launches new national ad aimed at Black Americans

Joe Biden's Democratic presidential campaign has launched a new national ad focused on Black Americans, urging them to stand up to President Donald Trump the way their ancestors stood up to "violent racists of a generation ago."

Lamar Advertising removes anti-mask billboards, declines to display 3 of 4 ads from anti-racism group

Messages sponsored by the John Birch Society questioning the efficacy of masks to stop the novel coronavirus, which ran counter to the recommendations of health officials, were taken down this week after backlash from the community. The decision to allow them up in the first place angered some members of Spokane Community Against Racism, which had three of their billboard designs drawing attention to police brutality and racial inequality rejected outright previously by the advertising firm. 

Big Tech CEOs get grilling from Congress on competition

Four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are set to answer for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry.

A pinch where it hurts: Can Facebook weather ad boycott?

On Wednesday, more than 500 companies officially kicked off an advertising boycott intended to pressure Facebook into taking a stronger stand against hate speech. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has agreed to meet with its organizers early next week.

Then and Now: Berlin Wall in Spokane

In 1962, organizers placed a symbolic Berlin Wall in downtown Spokane to direct local attention to the Soviet Union's blockade during the Cold War. 

Court strikes down Trump rule that drugmakers disclose price

In a major legal setback for President Donald Trump on a high-profile consumer issue, a federal appeals court has ruled that his administration lacks the legal authority to force drug companies to disclose prices in their TV ads.

Trump camp threatens local TV stations over Democratic ad

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening legal action against local TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin if they don’t pull a Democratic anti-Trump commercial the campaign says is false

10 ads to watch for on Super Bowl Sunday

Most other Super Bowl advertisers will offer escape from impeachment and the upcoming presidential election by stuffing multiple celebrities in their ads, appropriating iconic songs, going for inoffensive humor, and trying to tug at people’s heartstrings.

Super Bowl ads serve up politics – and an escape from it

Americans weary of a seemingly endless barrage of political news may be looking for a respite as they settle in to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday. They won’t get it, although the real-world interruption should at least be brief.