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X suspends pro-Hitler account as advertisers storm out



At least two prominent brands temporarily suspended their advertising on the X platform after their ads were found to have appeared on an account that openly supported Hitler and the Nazi ideology.

The X platform, formerly known as Twitter, faced scrutiny as the liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America exposed that ads from several companies had surfaced on an account named “New American Union.”

This account was known to share memes and content expressing sympathy towards Hitler and the Nazis.

Both Gilead Sciences and NCTA confirmed their temporary ad pauses, with NCTA expressing its concerns over its ad placement next to such disturbing content.

Brands Resume Advertising

Sources suggest that Gilead Sciences and NCTA resumed advertising on the X platform after receiving explanations from the social media company regarding the situation. However, NCTA contested this claim, asserting that their ad pause remained in effect.

The “New American Union” account has since been suspended, marking a response to the controversy surrounding its content.

Media Matters had identified brands such as the Atlanta Falcons, Major League Baseball, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic, Office Depot, Samsung, Gallup, and USA Today, among others, whose ads had appeared on the “New American Union” profile before its suspension.

NCTA spokesperson Brian Dietz expressed the organization’s commitment to brand safety and highlighted the importance of responsible ad placement, emphasizing their proactive approach to addressing the issue.

X’s Explanation and Action

X provided clarification to the brands whose ads had appeared on the controversial profile, indicating that the ads were not intentionally placed there. Instead, the ads appeared due to targeting algorithms that were following individual users who had migrated to the pro-Nazi account.

The company emphasized that brands do not specifically request to be associated with certain content and that ad placement is determined by user behavior and targeting mechanisms.

Platform’s Response and Strategy

X confirmed the suspension of the “New American Union” account, asserting that the account’s reach and impact were minimal, thus limiting the effect of any ad impressions that occurred.

Under the leadership of CEO Linda Yaccarino, X has aimed to regain advertiser trust and loyalty following Elon Musk’s acquisition of the platform. The company has introduced a content moderation policy emphasizing “freedom of speech, not reach.”

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COP28: Global effort to phase out fossil fuels



World leaders at COP28 have intensified their commitment to combat climate change by embarking on a bold initiative to phase out fossil fuels.

The United Nations climate talks, held in a virtual format due to ongoing pandemic concerns, saw representatives from nearly 200 countries coming together to address the urgent need for action on the climate crisis.

The decision to focus on ending fossil fuel use marks a significant departure from previous climate negotiations.

Countries have traditionally grappled with setting emissions reduction targets, but this year’s conference places a strong emphasis on the need to transition away from the reliance on coal, oil, and natural gas. Experts argue that this shift is critical to limiting global temperature rise and avoiding the most catastrophic effects of climate change.

Key highlights of the COP28 agreement include setting ambitious deadlines for phasing out fossil fuel subsidies, promoting renewable energy sources, and encouraging the development of green technologies.

The conference also established a fund to support developing nations in their transition away from fossil fuels, recognizing that these countries often face the greatest challenges in achieving sustainability.

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Russian police raid Moscow gay clubs



Russian authorities conducted raids on several gay clubs in Moscow, according to reports from various media outlets.

The raids have sent shockwaves through the LGBTQ+ community and have raised concerns about the ongoing crackdown on LGBTQ+ rights in Russia.

Eyewitnesses and clubgoers describe a heavy police presence during the raids, with officers reportedly detaining patrons and staff members.

The reasons behind these raids remain unclear, but they have ignited a fierce debate on social media and within human rights organizations.

International LGBTQ+ rights advocates are calling on the Russian government to address these actions and protect the rights and safety of LGBTQ+ individuals in the country.

The raids have also drawn attention to Russia’s controversial “gay propaganda” law, which has been criticized for its potential to fuel discrimination and violence against LGBTQ+ people.

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UK delays Jeff Zucker’s Telegraph deal for inquiry



The UK government has decided to put a hold on the proposed acquisition of The Telegraph newspaper by media mogul Jeff Zucker’s conglomerate.

According to a recent report, this decision has been made in order to conduct further investigations into potential regulatory concerns surrounding the deal.

The move comes amidst growing concerns over media consolidation and its impact on media diversity and competition.

The government aims to ensure that the acquisition would not result in a concentration of media power that could potentially stifle independent journalism and diverse voices in the industry.

This decision has sparked debates about the balance between media ownership and the preservation of media plurality in the UK. Supporters of the deal argue that it could lead to much-needed investments in The Telegraph, while critics worry about the potential for Zucker’s conglomerate to wield too much influence over the media landscape.

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