Plus why the company behind WordPress is closing its San Francisco office.
A 30-year-old man in Pakistan has been sentenced to death after conviction for committing “blasphemy” on Facebook. In a first for the country, an anti-terrorism court in the city of Bahawalpur sentenced Taimoor Raza, after prosecutors found him guilty of making derogatory remarks about the prophet Muhammad, his wives and others. The Pakistan government has launched a crackdown on alleged defamation on social media in recent weeks, with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan threatening on May 23 to block all social media websites with “blasphemous content.”
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Well at least something good came out of President Trump’s “covfefe” incident. U.S. representative Mike Quigley is calling for an amendment to the Presidential Records Act that would include social media as a documentary material, therefore meaning tweets could not be deleted. Dubbed the COVFEFE Act (short for Communications Over Various Feeds Electronically for Engagement), the proposal would ensure all @POTUS tweets, direct messages, and Facebook posts end up in the presidential archive — even if they’re deleted from the service itself.
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A new report suggests that of the posts including a brand published by Instagram’s 50 most-followed celebrities over a month-long period, 93 per cent were not labeled in a way that made them compliant with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. BuzzFeed’s Katie Notopoulos took the data one step further, and found 12 per cent failed to label obvious pay-to-post ads, like one-time-only posts about diet teas, teeth whiteners, or meal kit boxes.
Moby has released a new album with the Void Pacific Choir, but not in the usual way. The announcement came via a mysterious press release “from the desk of John Miller,” seemingly written from the perspective of the fictional spokesperson that Donald Trump invented to speak with reporters over the telephone back in the 1980s.
Read more about this curious approach to album announcements here.
Snapchat wants to make it easier than ever for marketers to use the platform – and handle their own campaigns – so it’s pulled out all the stops. Announced today, a host of new tool will be available to – the Snap Publisher tool for building vertical video creative, a self-serve Ad Manager is now live, and a Snapchat Certified Partners program to connect advertisers to trained third-party ad tech tool providers.
Read more about these three new components of Snapchat here.
- Man sentenced to death for posting ‘blasphemy’ on Facebook in Pakistan [via The Washington Post]
- Facebook Building Feature to Let Users Subscribe to News Publications [via The Wall Street Journal]
- Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ Emoji-Filled Tweet Brings Joy And Confusion [via Huffpost]
- A terribly named bill would make it illegal to destroy a presidential tweet [via The Verge]
- 3 Tools to Help Create Better and More Engaging Tweets [via Social Media Today]
- Instagram’s most-followed celebs failed to label 93 percent of ads, report finds [via The Verge]
- How Instagram Combined Art and Commerce With Facebook’s Scale to Become an Advertising Powerhouse [via Adweek]
- Instagram Location Stories and Hashtag Stories: What Marketers Need to Know [via Social Media Examiner]
- Parrot Leaks Previews Of Calvin Harris’ Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1 [via Stereogum]
- Live Nation’s Michael Coppel & Sony Music’s Denis Handlin Make Queen’s Birthday Honours List [via TheMusic.com.au]
- Katy Perry broadcasts her life via Youtube livestream [via SMH]
- Moby Releases New Album Via Fake Trump Press Release [via Pitchfork]
- Justin Bieber just broke a record held by the Beatles [via Mashable]
- Meet Leif Podhajský, Today’s Coolest Album Art Designer [via Billboard]
- Snapchat seduces advertisers with new self-serve tools and certified partners [via TechCrunch]
- ‘In reality, we are a content company’: Football clubs embrace the role of digital publisher [via Digiday]
- The company behind WordPress is closing its gorgeous San Francisco office because its employees never show up [via Quartz]
- Google is God, Facebook is love and Uber is ‘frat rock,’ says brand strategy expert Scott Galloway [via Recode]
- VSCO’s popular mobile filters are now available for desktop photo editing [via Digital Trends]
- Google’s smart keyboard app Gboard adds phrase suggestions, a draw-an-emoji feature & more [via TechCrunch]
- Delta Helps New Yorkers Boost Their Tinder Profiles With a Mural of Exotic Backdrops [via Creativity]
- Smirnoff slams Trump’s Russia relationship in punchdrunk, brilliant ad campaign [via Mashable]
- ‘Don’t sit your social media strategist in the corner’: Mozilla Firefox’s Maura Tuohy [via Mumbrella]
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