This is known as public relations propaganda: Working with General Motors, Netflix will put EVs into as many of its movies and shows as it can. There’s a Super Bowl ad to prove it. Source: Netflix Wants to Make Electric Cars Its Next Big Stars – CNET Netflix is doing this for free.
“Fan-baiting” is said to be a movie marketing technique where studios intentionally create controversy about the plot, characters or casting for the purpose of creating outrage and social media discussions, thereby increasing publicity for the film.
The AP accepted an $8 million grant from climate change organizations and is using the grant to pay for 20 new staff members. 50 AP staff members are now paid from external, third-party grants. How can a reader tell if a news report is news or propaganda? They can’t tell. The only valid assumption is to assume all news reports are propaganda. Source: Climate activists spend millions for friendly Associated Press ‘news’
Meta (parent of FB and IG) lost one quarter of its market value last week. This occurred because of significant risks to FB’s core business model – which is surveillance of users to build dossiers used for advertising and marketing purposes. FB no longer has control over the collection of data – as Apple, Google/Android have restricted data collection via apps, and as Europe’s data privacy regulations restrict data. This has long term strategic implications for Meta’s business model. The company noted this in its financial report, hinting that at worst case, it might have to shut FB and IG in Europe.
Great example of stupid click-bait fake news services.
Years ago I suggested that FB was designed to create a “culture of perpetual outrage”. People who are emotionally engaged are more susceptible to advertising messages – plus, they are likely to stay connected to FB for more minutes. Internal documents reveal that FB not only knew this but gave emotional content posts higher leverage in The Algorithm that decides what you see online.
Should a newspaper’s reporting be funded by a “community-based” “non-profit” agenda focused and driven organization that advocates for specific outcomes?
Facebook’s ads aren’t as effective after iOS privacy changes, advertisers say. Source: Facebook advertisers are panicking after iOS cuts off key tracking data | Ars Technica
Interesting – retouched photos, posted by advertisers and social media influencers must disclose the retouching. The law, though, does not define re-touching and it is unclear if it applies to exposure, contrast, saturation, sharpness adjustment.
Facebook’s primary business is creating a massive surveillance system to identify everything possible about everyone, and then to exploit that for advertising. Pharmaceutical companies have figured out how to discern potential illnesses among targets by looking at Facebook “interests”.