Winners and losers in a rapidly consolidating digital advertising market

Good News for digital ad sellers:  Digital Advertising is expected to finish the year with a year-to-year growth rate of 11.5% in 2017 and grow again in 2018 by 11.3%.  That information comes from GroupM/WPP, the world’s largest buyer of advertising.  Magna (IPG Mediabrands) pegs 2018 digital growth at 13%. Bad News for digital ad … Continue reading Winners and losers in a rapidly consolidating digital advertising market

MRC: New measurement standards for digital audience

The Media Ratings Council has released new Digital Audience-Based Measurement Standards developed in conjunction with the 4A’s, IAB, and ANA. The standards introduce a new metric called “duration weighting” for digital video ads.  The measurement will be used to equalize time spent on video across media platforms.  In other words, a 2 second video view … Continue reading MRC: New measurement standards for digital audience

Quartz: Android phones send location data even when location services are turned off

“When you use Google services, we may collect and process information about your actual location. We use various technologies to determine location, including IP address, GPS, and other sensors that may, for example, provide Google with information on nearby devices, Wi-Fi access points and cell towers.” – Google Privacy Policy Google says it collects location data when you use … Continue reading Quartz: Android phones send location data even when location services are turned off

Year-long Google study of the dark web shows how accounts get hacked

The folks at Google teamed up with Carnegie Mellon to undertake an extensive study on how accounts get compromised. By searing the dark web, they identified some troubling things: 788,000 potential victims of off-the-shelf keyloggers 4 million potential victims of phishing kits 9 billion usernames and passwords exposed via data breaches and traded on black-market … Continue reading Year-long Google study of the dark web shows how accounts get hacked

Do you consider Facebook more or less accurate than other sources for news?

With all the noise about “Fake News” and Facebook’s role in spreading it, a survey done by The Verge in conjunction with Reticle Research during September and October provides an interesting revelation. Before you look at the results, think about this question: Compared to other sources where you regularly get news, how would you describe … Continue reading Do you consider Facebook more or less accurate than other sources for news?

Is Facebook looking at moving media content out of the news feed?

Facebook is thinking, apparently, about moving Page feeds out of the newsfeed everybody sees and moving them to a new Explore Feed that’s buried under the More menu on the mobile site.  That means publishers and media companies that have spent years building an audience and gotten hooked on using Facebook for promotion, branding, and … Continue reading Is Facebook looking at moving media content out of the news feed?

How much control should social media companies have over public discourse?

You may not care that President Trump’s twitter account went dark for 11 minutes recently. Regardless of where you are on the political scale, maybe you should. Trump has used Twitter for a way to bypass traditional media and get his message out unfiltered.  When someone working with a social media company can effectively mute … Continue reading How much control should social media companies have over public discourse?

Nearly half of all Americans think the national media makes up stories about Trump

One more sign that the public’s trust in national media has eroded to a startling level. A revealing poll by POLITICO/Morning Consult shows considerable distrust of the national media. Overall, 46% believe the media fabricates news stories about President Trump and his administration. Only 37% say the media doesn’t make up stories while 17% are … Continue reading Nearly half of all Americans think the national media makes up stories about Trump

Where does Google go when it wants to roll out a new product?  Television.

YouTube TV is rolling out across the country, starting in select markets, which will feature a so-called “skinny bundle” of TV channels, including local channels.  It is designed to compete – at a much lower price point – against cable and satellite packages in this era of “cutting the cord.” The YouTube TV service will … Continue reading Where does Google go when it wants to roll out a new product?  Television.

TV still #1 choice for news consumption, but the gap is narrowing

Only a third trust social media as a news source Half of all Americans report they get their news on television, but the gap with online is narrowing. 43% now say they often get their news online. The gap is just 1 points, narrowing from 19 points in 2015, according to a new survey from Pew … Continue reading TV still #1 choice for news consumption, but the gap is narrowing

One of the creators of Google News calls the search site “shameful and irresponsible” in spreading fake news

Google's already under fire for its role in spreading "Fake News."  Now, one of the engineers who helped create Google News had quite a bit to say about the search site and it wasn’t flattering.  Krishna Bharat helped lead the team the creation team, but posted to Facebook that Google News has become “shameful and … Continue reading One of the creators of Google News calls the search site “shameful and irresponsible” in spreading fake news

Recognized by the National Guard

I was recently honored to be recognized by the Alabama National Guard for WAAY-TV's partnership.  Along with the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA), our TV station helps the Guard with recruiting messages and advertising.  Major General Sheryl E. Gordon met with the ABA and recognized each of our Board Members, including me. The Alabama National Guard … Continue reading Recognized by the National Guard

For publishers, the Facebook Freefall continues

Since January, the average amount of engagement brands and publishers are getting with Facebook posts has fallen 20% since the first of the year, according to Buzzsumo.  After analyzing 880 million FB posts, Buzzsumo reports that image and link posts had the largest drop off.  Videos now get twice the level of engagement of other … Continue reading For publishers, the Facebook Freefall continues

Facebook vows to fight back against foreign interference in US elections

CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out his plan to protect the integrity of US election.  He says he wants to make sure “Facebook is a force for good in democracy.” “I don’t want anyone to use our tools to undermine (our) democracy,” Zuckerberg said in a video address.  In order to do that, he said, Facebook … Continue reading Facebook vows to fight back against foreign interference in US elections

Partisan views on media are more entrenched than ever

If anything, partisan views of the national news media have gotten even more entrenched… and the gap has widened, according to a national survey by Pew Research Center. While Democrat views on the impact of the national news media have grown more positive, Republicans have grown even more negative in their assessment of the media. There’s … Continue reading Partisan views on media are more entrenched than ever

Can public officials block citizens on social media or is it a violation of their constitutional rights?

Here’s an interesting debate: If you’re a public official, should you have the right to block people from your social media page? A number of public officials are being sued, including Governor’s in Maryland, Kentucky, and Maine, by state ACLU chapters. Kentucky Governor Sued In Kentucky, the ACLU there filed suit on behalf of some 600 … Continue reading Can public officials block citizens on social media or is it a violation of their constitutional rights?

Find out if your data was compromised in the Equifax breach – 143 million people are affected

Equifax, one of the world’s largest credit reporting agencies had a major data breach – affecting 143 million people (nearly half the US population).  Released was personal data, and some 200,000 SS# and some credit card numbers. You can go online here to check and see if you are affected.  Equifax is also giving anyone … Continue reading Find out if your data was compromised in the Equifax breach – 143 million people are affected

Where did people turn for life-saving information in Hurricane Harvey? Local TV stations

If you doubted that local television is still important in people’s lives, consider this:  When Hurricane Harvey was threatening Texas, where did people turn for the latest information?  Local TV. 89% surveyed said local TV news was their top choice.  Their second choice?  Local TV station websites.  Their third choice?  National TV News. Study Results … Continue reading Where did people turn for life-saving information in Hurricane Harvey? Local TV stations

Some good news for the newspaper industry

Here’s some good news for the newspaper industry.  Gen Z (under 18), 18-24-year olds, and 30-34 years olds are increasing their readership. Comparing traditional newspaper use (either in print or online) with the same study done in 2015, Civic Science found a stark increase among the youngest demos.  Newspapers may want to spend time figuring … Continue reading Some good news for the newspaper industry

Partisan views on media more entrenched than ever

If anything, partisan views of the national news media have gotten even more entrenched… and the gap has widened, according to a national survey by Pew Research Center. While Democrat views on the impact of the national news media have grown more positive, Republicans have grown even more negative in their assessment of the media. … Continue reading Partisan views on media more entrenched than ever

We’ve got work to do: Majority of public thinks media is biased

Media folks, we’ve got a lot of work to do.  The general public now believe overwhelmingly that news organizations are biases and subject to partisan agendas. We used to joke in newsrooms that if we had both Democrats and Republicans calling to complain about our story, we were probably OK, but if only one side … Continue reading We’ve got work to do: Majority of public thinks media is biased

Facebook discussing metered paywalls for publishers on platform

Publishers that have tried out Facebook’s Instant Articles have been pleased with the speed in which pages load, but not necessarily pleased about the economics.  By keeping readers within Facebook’s walled garden, publishers didn’t see the activity translate directly to page views – and exposure to the accompanying ads.  Ad space on Instant Articles have … Continue reading Facebook discussing metered paywalls for publishers on platform

News organizations ask Congress for authority to collectively bargain with Google, Facebook

The New Media Alliance represent almost 2,000 news organizations, primarily newspapers.  This week, the organization starting asking Congress for some help in taking on the big internet companies.  Call it a pre-emptive strike for collective bargaining with Google and Facebook. It’s no secret that Goo-book dominates digital advertising.  In the third quarter of 2016, 99% … Continue reading News organizations ask Congress for authority to collectively bargain with Google, Facebook

The difference between NATIONAL news reporting and LOCAL News reporting? Trust.

With all the talk about fake news and how much the public doesn’t believe journalists, it’s important to note that there’s a huge difference in how people view NATIONAL news media versus LOCAL news media.  The local folks live and work in your community, go to church there, shop at stores, pay local taxes and … Continue reading The difference between NATIONAL news reporting and LOCAL News reporting? Trust.

Canada’s Supreme Court rules Google must block some search content worldwide

Can one country really tell Google what it can and can't show in its search results for the rest of the world?  Read on. Canada’s Supreme Court made a startling ruling that has broad-reaching impact around the world.  In a 7-2 ruling, the court decided to grant an injunction preventing Google from showing certain search … Continue reading Canada’s Supreme Court rules Google must block some search content worldwide

Gmail will no longer scan your email and target ads

Did you even know that Google was scanning your Gmail messages and then targeted advertising to you based on the contents?  They were.  Now, Google says they won’t do it anymore.  Well, kind of.  They’ll still scan and use the info, but just not serve ads. Consumer Gmail content will not be used or scanned … Continue reading Gmail will no longer scan your email and target ads

The Illusory Truth Effect: The more someone sees “fake news,” the more they believe it

A study done by Yale University’s Department of Psychology, Department of Economics, and School of Management concluded that “even a single exposure (to fake news) increases perceptions of accuracy.” Here’s the kicker: Even when flagged as disputed by fact-checkers, or warned that the story might be fake, the perception of accuracy went up. “Increased perceptions … Continue reading The Illusory Truth Effect: The more someone sees “fake news,” the more they believe it

It’s not just Trump: World Leaders user Twitter to get the message out

Pope Francis is the most followed world leader on Twitter with a combined total of 33,716,301 followers on his nine language accounts, ahead of U.S. President Donald Trump with 30,133,036 followers and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with 30,058,659 followers, according to a Burson-Marsteller study, an annual global survey of how world leaders, governments and international organizations use … Continue reading It’s not just Trump: World Leaders user Twitter to get the message out

Three questions for Ford’s new CEO

GUEST POST:  University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business  The future arrived early for Ford's new CEO, Jim Hackett, who recently replaced Mark Fields after the automobile giant lost patience with its former leader just three years into his tenure. David Kirsch, a management and entrepreneurship professor at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business, says … Continue reading Three questions for Ford’s new CEO

New Study: Cord-Cutting is accelerating in 2017

Cord-cutting is growing rapidly.  After years of relatively small number of consumers ditching their cable and satellite connections, the number of people opting for going it alone or smaller video bundles has grown dramatically in the last year.  According to a Magid Broadcast study of consumers this April (reporter by Axios), the number of cord-cutters … Continue reading New Study: Cord-Cutting is accelerating in 2017

We’re hiring serious journalists to do the important stories

Have you become disillusioned with the TV news business? Tired of the fluff and happy talk? We want serious, experienced reporters that are willing to take on the tough stories, dig deeper, and do the important journalism our town deserves. Here's the kicker: We're willing to pay for experience. If you're a recent college grad, … Continue reading We’re hiring serious journalists to do the important stories

When the majority of people tell me that doing something will negatively impact my brand, I take it seriously

When my son was very young, he was watching television one day and noticed one of the characters was drinking a “cola.”  That’s what it said on the can.  He asked me if that was Coca Cola and we talked about how they often substituted generic products so they didn’t give free publicity to companies. … Continue reading When the majority of people tell me that doing something will negatively impact my brand, I take it seriously

My (failed) attempt to subscribe to the local newspaper

You’d think in this era of declining circulation a newspaper would jump the chance to add a print subscriber. Apparently not. I’m a bonafide news junkie. I watch TV News primarily and I’m online every day. But I still like to sit down and read the Sunday paper. There’s something about the experience that just translate … Continue reading My (failed) attempt to subscribe to the local newspaper

For goodness sake, update your Windows software RIGHT NOW!

Ransomware is back in the news with a vengeance. The largest coordinated attack in history is underway, exploiting a vulnerability in Windows, and holding people’s computers hostage. Ransomware infects your computer and encrypts your data. It demands payment before releasing it. Authorities have said repeatedly there’s not much you can do. If you pay the … Continue reading For goodness sake, update your Windows software RIGHT NOW!

Will people still read long-form content when it’s on a tiny cell phone screen?

With more and more traffic going to mobile, specifically smart phones, every day, is there a future for long form journalism on line? That’s one of the questions a Pew Research Center study tried to answer. Researchers looked at 125 million cellphone sessions accessing 74,840 articles encompassing 30 news websites over a six-month period. They … Continue reading Will people still read long-form content when it’s on a tiny cell phone screen?

Would you rather pay for content or put up with advertising?

85% say give us ads. 75% say they would drastically reduce their online activities if they had to pay. In fact, Americans assigned a value of nearly $1,200 per year to the array of free, ad-supported services and content currently available to them on computers and mobile devices, according to a survey conducted by Zogby … Continue reading Would you rather pay for content or put up with advertising?

Nation’s largest radio owner tells SEC it may not make it another year

iHeartMedia is the largest operator of radio stations in the United States.  It counts more than 250 million listeners in its ranks. The company, however, is so saddled with debt , it may be just one step ahead of bankruptcy.  The group went on a buying spree grabbing 850 radio stations among other investments.  To … Continue reading Nation’s largest radio owner tells SEC it may not make it another year

Despite new tech chips in credit cards, fraud jumps 33%

I got that call on the weekend.   Somebody had used our credit card to try to book an Uber ride.  Since we hadn’t left the house that morning, I knew it wasn’t a legitimate charge.  I’m happy the folks at Chase knew it wasn’t right and called. One of the things that tipped them off was … Continue reading Despite new tech chips in credit cards, fraud jumps 33%

Who you trust more:  Advertising or News Media?

While we hear a constant drum beat that trust in the news media continues to drop, it’s not the same for advertising.  In fact, more people think ads are more honest than they were three years ago, according to a YouGuv survey in March. Trust but verify Still, 64% of US adults think there should … Continue reading Who you trust more:  Advertising or News Media?

Overall news consumption is up 18%

Overwhelming majority of consumption happens on TV Adults in the US spend more than 72.5 BILLION MINUTES consuming news during an average week.  The Nielsen folks say total new consumption across platforms was up 18% last year.  Broadcast TV (local and national) accounted for the biggest chunk of viewing (29.4 billion) followed by cable news … Continue reading Overall news consumption is up 18%

Live TV viewing continue to decline, but still accounts for 58% of all media usage

Live TV viewing continues to decline.  Smartphone viewing doubled in the last year. Viewing on tablets and other mult-media devices grew as well.  Still, Live TV still dominated the amount of time people watched video each day in 4Q 2016, according to Nielsen's total audience report, accounting for 58% of all video viewing. Live TV viewing dropped from … Continue reading Live TV viewing continue to decline, but still accounts for 58% of all media usage

175 TV stations sell off spectrum, nearly 1,000 will move to new channels

A bunch TV stations got a windfall from the FCC’s spectrum auction. Some got so much they opted to go off the air forever and take the money and run. Altogether, 987 TV stations must change channels.   [ FULL LIST AFTER THE JUMP ] The spectrum auction raised $19.8 billion dollars for the government. … Continue reading 175 TV stations sell off spectrum, nearly 1,000 will move to new channels

YouTube stars feeling the pinch from ad boycott, tighter controls

  “…there’s a difference between the free expression that lives on YouTube and the content that brands have told us they want to advertise against.” – YouTube Creator Blog With that, YouTube announced even more controls for advertisers to make sure their ads don’t show up where they don’t want them to.  New filters for … Continue reading YouTube stars feeling the pinch from ad boycott, tighter controls

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press

I put this up right outside my office door to remind everybody who walks into our TV station how important it is that journalists do their job. The Bill of Rights warrants Congress shall make no law abridging the Freedom of Speech, or of the Press.  The founders saw journalists role as so important it … Continue reading Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press

Pepsi, Walmart, Starbucks, AT&T, Verizon, VW (and hundreds more) suspend YouTube/Google ads

More than 250 companies have now pulled ads.  Ad losses for YouTube are now in the millions of dollars.  Analysts warn that the loss could escalate into the hundreds of millions of dollars if things don't change. Pepsi, Starbucks, and Walmart have suspended their YouTube advertising.  They're joining similar moves from AT&T, Verizon, Johnson & … Continue reading Pepsi, Walmart, Starbucks, AT&T, Verizon, VW (and hundreds more) suspend YouTube/Google ads

Heavyweight advertisers join the Google/YouTube boycott

The boycott Google movement may be gaining some ground.  Ad Contrarian Bob Hoffman reports that AT&T has now announced it will pull all display ads from Google properties.  This comes on the heels of some of the U.K.’s biggest advertisers, including the government and The Guardian newspaper, pulled its ads from Google and YouTube. It … Continue reading Heavyweight advertisers join the Google/YouTube boycott

Should Google & Facebook be regulated, pay license fees for news content?

The British government has officially opened an inquiry into “fake news.”  Damian Collins MP, Chair of the Committee investigating, summed it up: “The growing phenomenon of fake news is a threat to democracy and undermines confidence in the media in general.” Now British publishers have responded.  The newspaper group News Media Alliance is advocating regulation of … Continue reading Should Google & Facebook be regulated, pay license fees for news content?

Nearly 800,000 cut the Cable and Satellite TV cord in 2016

The numbers are in. More than 796,000 people ditched their pay-TV service (cable or satellite) in 2016, according to Leichtman Research Group.  That’s about an 80% increase in the number of cord cutters from 2015, when 445,000 subscribers stopped being subscribers. Other key findings from its study: The top six cable companies lost about 280,000 … Continue reading Nearly 800,000 cut the Cable and Satellite TV cord in 2016

Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor

Al Gore jokes aside, the man credited with creating the WWW in web addresses says we’ve got some big problems on-line that need to be addressed. He’s published a letter to the world, titled “Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor.” In the letter, Tim Berners-Lee, talks about three specific things that need … Continue reading Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor

Low renewal rates from ad buyers on Native Advertising: Does it work?

You know native advertising.  It’s when instead of running an ad, publishers integrate advertising messages into content.  It may be in the form of a news-looking article that features the company’s information or employees.  In its best form – clearly labelled as advertising content – it may provide interesting and useful information. Used improperly, it’s … Continue reading Low renewal rates from ad buyers on Native Advertising: Does it work?

How to label something Fake News on Facebook and have the fact-checkers take a look

Have you seen the “Disputed News” flag on Facebook articles yet? If not, you will soon. It hasn’t rolled out to everyone yet, but Facebook now has a way for you to report Fake News. To mark a news story as fake: Click next to the post you’d like to mark as fake Click Report … Continue reading How to label something Fake News on Facebook and have the fact-checkers take a look

Is society as we know it “broken?”

66% of US thinks it is, 58% around the world agree. It’s not just you. People around the world are questioning what’s happening their world these days. In fact, More than half (58%) think their society is “broken.” 71% lack confidence in their government and even more, 81%, lack confidence in their political party. The survey, … Continue reading Is society as we know it “broken?”

Cable company hit with $25 million penalty, $8 million legal bill for not cracking down on music piracy

Known fact:  people pirate music online.  It’s hard to track down each offender, and even taking individuals to task, it’s like the little boy sticking his finger in the dam only to have another leak pop up.  Music publishers have tried to put the burden on internet service providers (ISP’s) to crack down on pirates. … Continue reading Cable company hit with $25 million penalty, $8 million legal bill for not cracking down on music piracy

Even people that get their news from Facebook don’t believe it

A majority of adults say they see news on Facebook, but they don’t trust it.  That’s the topline from an Ipsos Public Affairs survey for BuzzFeed News. Broadcast TV news (as opposed to cable news) was the top place US consumers saw news at 56%, but Facebook was right alongside at 55%.  But when the … Continue reading Even people that get their news from Facebook don’t believe it

Auto sales off to a slow start in 2017, but projections show another record year for auto industry

Following a strong close to 2016, January's retail new-vehicle seasonally adjusted annualized sales rate (SAAR) is expected to slow to 13.9 million units in 2017, down 200,000 units from last year, according to a forecast developed jointly by J.D. Power and LMC Automotive. U.S new-vehicle retail sales in January are expected to reach 874,400 units, … Continue reading Auto sales off to a slow start in 2017, but projections show another record year for auto industry

Dughi named “Top Writer” in Social Media, Journalism by Medium.com

You may not have heard of Medium.com, but 60 million visitors a month have. It's a place where experts, professionals, and regular folks share research, opinion, and long-form articles on often-thought-provoking topics. I was honored to be named one of the Top Writers in two categories this past year: Social Media and Journalism. It may … Continue reading Dughi named “Top Writer” in Social Media, Journalism by Medium.com

Fake news might actually be a good thing for real journalism

Everybody is up in arms about fake news these days. Politicos that think it swung the election are crying foul. Advertisers that had their ads show up on fake news sites are unhappy. Journalists talk about how it continues to undermine public trust. Wait a minute, though. How does fake news hurt journalism? I mean, … Continue reading Fake news might actually be a good thing for real journalism

Has Facebook hired someone to fix its “fake news” problem? Uh, no.

There was a short window of excitement when a TV newsie announced she was hired to lead Facebook's News Partnerships team. Campbell Brown, former NBC News anchor and White House correspondent, and prime-time CNN news anchor, announced - on Facebook - that she's taking on a new role at the social media platform to  “help … Continue reading Has Facebook hired someone to fix its “fake news” problem? Uh, no.

Are restaurants that don’t accept cash the next trend?

Sweetgreen restaurant chain is in the “fast casual” category, serving up healthy food choices.  What won’t be on the menu in 2017 is... cash. Starting mid-January, they will stop taking cash at 64 locations.  The  company says it will speed up transactions by as much as 15%.  Employees touching cash and then handling food is … Continue reading Are restaurants that don’t accept cash the next trend?

Key insights in examining a trillion social media posts

When you can comb through data, trends emerge.  When you can go through a trillion social media posts, you can gauge the conversation well. Crimson Hexagon is in the business of providing business insights, such as turning a data analysis of social media into strategy.  Crimson Hexagon mined its own data repository from six years’ … Continue reading Key insights in examining a trillion social media posts

A place where writers write, and readers read

Medium is the platform you may not know about, but you should.  It was started in 2012 by Twitter co-founder Evan Williams and has become a place for people to debate Trump, Clinton, and Brexit – amazingly in logical, rational debate (for the most part). Medium is a place where writers write and readers read.  … Continue reading A place where writers write, and readers read

Big advertising agencies under investigation by Department of Justice

The investigation into price fixing at major ad agencies just got bigger with the number of agencies publicly announcing they have been contacted by the Department of Justice. Three of WPP’s subsidiaries have received subpoenas from the Justice Department relating to antitrust claims.  By revenue, WPP is the world’s largest ad company.  Others said to … Continue reading Big advertising agencies under investigation by Department of Justice

The dirty little secret of digital ad networks

In the rush to move to digital advertising, there’s been an awful lot of ad dollars wasted because people didn’t really know what they were buying. Remember the early days of the world wide web?  People reported “hits” – which we then learned equated to server calls and could be as little as a pixel … Continue reading The dirty little secret of digital ad networks

Brand loyalty is not dead, even for Millennials and new parents

Brand loyalty dead?  It makes for a catchy headline and fits the narrative new-age brand marketers are selling: 90% of the leading household goods brands are losing market share on consistently low-growth categories – Study by Catalina The story goes that in the post-media age (whatever that is), consumers – especially Millennials – aren’t flocking … Continue reading Brand loyalty is not dead, even for Millennials and new parents

Are you really, really concerned about this fake news stuff?

  We all should be concerned about this fake news stuff. Regardless of where it comes from or where you might run into it, spreading falsehoods makes all of us dumber. It appears most Americans agree. 73% of American say they are concerned about fake news Civic Science released a survey of 2,000 adults after the … Continue reading Are you really, really concerned about this fake news stuff?

Google Maps renames “Trump Tower” in NYC as “Dump Tower”

If you googled “Trump Tower” for a while this weekend, you’d find this… Instead of this… Yup, somebody re-named Trump Tower as Dump Tower on Google Maps. It was caught after a while and changed back. As you can imagine, it really ticked some people off. Others thought it funny. Google only says that they … Continue reading Google Maps renames “Trump Tower” in NYC as “Dump Tower”

Cyber Criminals now spreading ransomware through Facebook, LinkedIn

If you find a graphic or image on your computer and you don’t remember downloading it, stop before opening! Experts have seen a dramatic increase in what’s Locky Ransomware being shared by unsuspecting victims, now through social media platforms LinkedIn and Facebook. Ransomware is insidious. It locks up your computer and the only way to … Continue reading Cyber Criminals now spreading ransomware through Facebook, LinkedIn

Media, Pollsters get failing grades

There’s no question it was a nasty election season.  The losers?  According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, just about everyone. The press got blasted… even more than the candidates themselves. When voters were asked to grade how different people/groups conducted themselves in the campaign, Donald Trump got a D or F grade … Continue reading Media, Pollsters get failing grades

President-Elect Trump slips the press pool twice; media goes crazy

Media folks fight with each other every day.  They’ll do all sorts of things to beat their competition.  So, when 18 media organizations get together to unite on a common goal, it might make you wonder what they’re all worried about. It appears they are worried about President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with the media.  They’ve … Continue reading President-Elect Trump slips the press pool twice; media goes crazy

Facebook bans fake news ads, but can the algorithm detect it?

Facebook says it can’t effectively detect fake news or misinformation in its news feed, although it is working to improve it. But apparently Facebook can detect fake news or misinformation in its advertising feed. Because… it’s now banned fake news publishers from using its ad network. That means fake news now joins gambling, porn, adult … Continue reading Facebook bans fake news ads, but can the algorithm detect it?

Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism that Facebook let fake news impact the election

When so many people get their news from social media, what’s the responsibility of Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has responded to criticism that Facebook helped skew the election results by allowing fake news to populate the site. Here is his response, in how own words, right from his Facebook page: I want to share … Continue reading Mark Zuckerberg responds to criticism that Facebook let fake news impact the election

Turkish government jails hundreds of journalists, shuts down 170 TV and newspaper companies

If you work in journalism, be thankful you’re not working in Turkey.  Journalism there is under attack at unprecedented levels. The government has forced the closure of more than 170 broadcasters, newspapers, magazine and media-related companies.  Courts have ordered censorship of more than 30 news websites.  The government has revokes more than 300 press credentials … Continue reading Turkish government jails hundreds of journalists, shuts down 170 TV and newspaper companies

Were the Presidential polls really wrong – or was it just the way they were interpreted?

Pollsters have gotten a lot of grief over getting the election results wrong.  There’s reason to criticize, but I think some people are placing blame when it’s not as clear cut as they might think. First, it appears that although Trump won the electoral college, Clinton won the popular vote.  The national polls aren’t tracking … Continue reading Were the Presidential polls really wrong – or was it just the way they were interpreted?

The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform

Content may be important, but it’s more like The Prince. The King, of course, is Platform. Think about it for a moment. What’s the world’s largest social media? Facebook. Largest search engine? Google. Biggest video site? YouTube. Notice a trend? They are all aggregators of content, not content creators (with a few exceptions). The internet … Continue reading The battle for the online throne: Content vs Platform

Should internet providers be held liable when its users illegally download content?

“In this copyright action, the putative owners of more than 1,400 musical composition copyrights seek to hold Cox Communications, Inc. and Cox Com, LLC (collectively, "Cox") contributorily and vicariously liable for alleged copyright infringement taking place over its high-speed internet service." With those words, the court’s opinion in the case against Cox Communications for copyright … Continue reading Should internet providers be held liable when its users illegally download content?

Civil Rights lawsuit targets Facebook for race targeting ad options

UPDATED 11.7.2016: Three people have fled a class action lawsuit claiming they looked at Facebook for housing and jobs and that the ad targeting options Facebook allows violate the Fair Housing Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Mediapost). "Facebook has operated and is operating an advertising platform ... that publishes, and causes to be published, … Continue reading Civil Rights lawsuit targets Facebook for race targeting ad options