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Bloomberg May Be Taking Hits in the Polls, But He's Crushing the Social Media Cringe Finals

Former New York City mayor and billionaire oligarch Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign hasn’t had the best week since the Feb. 19 Democratic primary debate in Nevada, where he was more or less mechanically separated into meat byproducts by the rest of the field on everything from his support for stop-and-frisk…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Elections, Science, Technology, Instagram, New York City, Social Media, Bloomberg, Nevada, 2016 Election, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Pobodys Nerfect This Mess Is A Place


The Best Memes Of 2020 So Far

Dictionary.com says a meme is, “a cultural item in the form of an image, video, phrase, etc., that is spread via the Internet and often altered in a creative or humorous way.” Merriam-Webster defines “meme” as, “an idea, behavior style or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture.” But here is where we go full-on galaxy brain. Wikipedia, of all places, has one of the most intense takes on memes, describing them as, “a viral phenomenon that may evolve by natural selection in a man...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Wikipedia, Los Angeles, Bloomberg, Reddit, Steve Buscemi, Black Mirror, Bernie Sanders, Feist, Rosa, Bernie, Merriam Webster, Billie Eilish, Tiktok


Meet the key people who are leading Mike Bloomberg's digital campaign to topple Donald Trump

Mike Bloomberg started secretive ad agency Hawkfish to aid in his presidential campaign, and it's packed with people from the worlds of politics, advertising, and technology. To beat Donald Trump, the Bloomberg campaign has hired widely from companies like Facebook, Google, and ad agencies. Business Insider identified 17 people in key roles in and around Hawkfish, including former Facebook CMO Gary Briggs, who is leading it. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Hawkfish is the digital agency...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Facebook, New York, Hollywood, Instagram, Microsoft, Obama, Kentucky, Stanford, White House, New York City, Trends, Linkedin, CMO, Nike


Bloomberg debate video sparks new concern over social media disinformation

‘Tongue-in-cheek’ clip falsely suggesting candidate silenced his rivals will not be removed from InstagramA heavily edited video of Mike Bloomberg’s performance at Wednesday’s democratic debate in Nevada has prompted fresh questions about disinformation policies on social media platforms.The video posted by the Bloomberg campaign to Instagram on Thursday paints a flattering portrait of the former New York mayor’s widely panned debate performance, showing Bloomberg’s Democratic rivals responding ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, New York, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Bloomberg, US news, Nevada, Mike Bloomberg, US elections 2020


Bloomberg's 'social-media army' blurs the lines on political ads and makes it harder for people to know what they're looking at (FB)

Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign is consistently pushing boundaries on the the rules around political advertising on social media. He is in the process of hiring a "social-media army" to spread his message online, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Facebook's policy decisions on "branded content" may help Bloomberg's campaign evade scrutiny from researchers and journalists. Tech-industry insiders have already warned that Facebook needs to more clearly distinguish political...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, Michael Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Priscilla Chan, Mike, Singh, Sabrina Singh


Jeff Bezos just pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Here's how the richest person in the world makes and spends his billions.

Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest person alive, has pledged to spend $10 billion to fight climate change. Bezos became nearly $2 billion richer after selling some of his Amazon stock earlier this month. As Amazon's founder and CEO, Bezos was the first person in modern history to accumulate a fortune of over $100 billion — and he currently has a net worth of $130 billion, Bloomberg estimates. He spends his fortune on real estate across the US, a $65 million Gulfstream Jet, and his space exploration co...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Post, Elon Musk, Instagram, Yahoo, California, La, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Earth, Washington Dc, Bill Gates


Jeff Bezos just pledged $10 billion to fight climate change. Here are 11 mind-blowing facts that show just how wealthy the Amazon CEO really is.

Jeff Bezos is giving $10 billion to fight climate change by starting the Bezos Earth Fund, the Amazon CEO announced on Instagram on Monday. Bezos is worth an estimated $130 billion now, making him the richest person in the world, according to both Forbes and Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Bezos is roughly 48% richer than the British monarchy. He makes approximately $2,489 per second — more than twice what the median US worker makes in a week. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories...
Tags: Amazon, Texas, Instagram, Elizabeth Warren, US, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Harvard University, Zimbabwe, Luxembourg, World Bank, Mars, Iceland, Jeff Bezos


'Can you post a meme?': Facebook changes ad rules after Bloomberg exploits loophole

Policy change involves what Facebook calls ‘branded content’, sponsored items posted by ordinary users who are typically paid by companiesFacebook decided on Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social network’s rules governing political ads, in a reversal that highlights difficulties tech companies and regulators have in keeping up with the changing nature of paid political messages.Facebook’s policy change comes days after the Democratic presidentia...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Instagram, Social Networking, Bloomberg, US news, US politics, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, US elections 2020


Facebook changes its ad rules over Bloomberg’s cringey memes

The Mike Bloomberg memes we’ve all seen on social media are a laugh for us, but they’re apparently giving Facebook something of a headache. The company revealed today it’s changing its rules on Instagram, and will require users to label these posts as sponsored. View this post on Instagram Great job Mike… (Yes this is really sponsored by @mikebloomberg) A post shared by Tank.Sinatra (@tank.sinatra) on Feb 12, 2020 at 5:32pm PST Facebook put out a statement to TechCrunch today on the change, sayi...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Instagram, Social Media, Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Instagram Great, PST Facebook


More than Bloomberg: Facebook OKs influencers working with political campaigns

Following Wednesday's political meme drop, Facebook is making sure creators correctly tag branded content.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Bloomberg, Web, Memes


Facebook: Bloomberg campaign memes won't be classified as political ads

We've written here at Boing Boing before about Mike Bloomberg's awful memes, which the 2020 presidential hopeful's campaign machine crapped out on Facebook and Instagram this week with awful accounts like FuckJerry. Facebook said Friday it will allow 'influencers' like FuckJerry to produce sponsored content for political campaigns, as long as the posts are clearly identified as ads, but sponsored political content will not be placed in Facebook’s political Ad Library, unless they're "boosted" ...
Tags: Facebook, Post, Politics, Technology, News, Instagram, Internet, US, Bloomberg, US news, Tech News, United States, Memes, Michael Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg, Picks


Mike Bloomberg’s Odd Meme Blitz Spurs Instagram to Require Influencers to Disclose Paid Political Content

A new paid meme campaign on Instagram by billionaire Mike Bloomberg, who’s running a guerrilla bid for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has prompted Facebook to clarify that influencers on the platform must disclose such arrangements. This week, Bloomberg’s presidential campaign launched a broad campaign across at least 19 top Instagram accounts with a collective […]
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Bloomberg, Mike Bloomberg


Here are the memes Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign paid influencers to post on Instagram

Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign recently deployed ads in the form of memes all across Instagram, The New York Times reported. The memes feature screenshots of messages from the Bloomberg campaign account, poking fun at Bloomberg's public persona. We compiled a list of the memes below. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The presidential campaign for Mike Bloomberg, the billionaire businessman and former mayor of New York City, has deployed self-deprecating memes all ac...
Tags: Instagram, New York City, Trends, Bloomberg, New York Times, Times, Donald Trump, Democratic Party, Mike Bloomberg, Josh Ostrovsky, Instagram The New York Times, Jerry Media, Mick Purzycki, Instagram The New York Times Taylor Lorenz


Facebook to Allow Paid Political Messages That Aren’t Ads

(SAN FRANCISCO) — Facebook decided Friday to allow a type of paid political message that had sidestepped many of the social network’s rules governing political ads. Its policy change comes days after presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg exploited a loophole to run such humorous messages promoting his campaign on the accounts of popular Instagram personalities followed by millions of younger people. Bloomberg’s use of the loophole and Facebook’s policy change in response underscore difficul...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Russia, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Social Media, Bloomberg, Associated Press, Jerry, Federal Election Commission, Mike Bloomberg, Seitz, Onetime, Ellen L Weintraub, Sabrina Singh


Bloomberg memes push Instagram to require sponsorship disclosure

Instagram is changing its advertising rules to require political campaigns’ sponsored posts from influencers to use its Branded Content Ads tool that puts a disclosure label of “Paid Partnership With” on posts. The change comes after the Bloomberg presidential campaign paid meme makers to post screenshots that showed him asking them to make him look cool. Instagram provided this statement to TechCrunch: “Branded content is different from advertising, but in either case we believe it’s important ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Instagram, US, Bloomberg


Instagram’s Biggest Meme Accounts Are Running Sponcon For Bloomberg

The billionaire is recruiting influencers to help him appeal to younger voters.
Tags: News, Instagram, Bloomberg


Mike Bloomberg launches zany meme campaign

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg's billion-dollar ad spend has already upended the 2020 race to challenge Donald Trump, but yesterday's bizarre and coordinated campaign of meme-style content, published by influencers, has certainly gotten him more attention. Taylor Lorenz: Mick Purzycki is the lead strategist of the Meme 2020 project. He is also the chief executive of Jerry Media, a media and marketing company that is a powerful force in the influencer economy. The company’s portfolio incl...
Tags: Post, News, Instagram, Bloomberg, Donald Trump, Cringe, Trump, Lorenz, Mike Bloomberg, Serious Business, Taylor Lorenz, Jerry Media, Mick Purzycki, Sabrina Singh, Instagram Jerry Media


Mike Bloomberg will pay you $150 to say nice things about him

What will Bloomberg try to buy next? His campaign is quietly hiring Instagram influencers to make him seem cool Money can’t buy you friends. But it can buy you influence – or influencers, to be precise. In the latest round of “What will Mike Bloomberg buy next?” (he has already been accused of buying his way into the presidential race) Bloomberg is offering $150 a pop to Instagram influencers willing to shill for his campaign, according to the Daily Beast.The Bloomberg campaign is using the so...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, US, Bloomberg, Tribe, Mike Bloomberg


Instagram prototypes letting IGTV creators monetize with ads

Instagram may finally let IGTV video makers earn money 18 months after launching the longer-form content hub. Instagram confirms to TechCrunch that it has internally prototyped an Instagram Partner Program that would let creators earn money by showing advertisements along with their videos. By giving creators a sustainable and hands-off way to generate earnings from IGTV, they might be inspired to bring more and higher quality content to the destination. The program could potentially work sim...
Tags: Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Advertising Tech, Youtube, Tech, Bloomberg, Instagram Ads, Twitter Facebook, Partner Program, Sarah Frier, Facebook Watch


Scottish Finance Secretary Quits Hours Before Budget Speech

(Bloomberg) -- Scottish Finance Secretary Derek Mackay resigned just hours before delivering his budget speech after a newspaper report emerged claiming he sent inappropriate messages to a 16-year-old boy on social media.The resignation was accepted by Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, a spokesman for the government said by phone from Edinburgh on Thursday. The 2020-21 budget speech will now be delivered by Public Finance Minister Kate Forbes.The Scottish Sun earlier reported that the 4...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Scotland, Bloomberg, Public finance, United Kingdom, Nicola Sturgeon, Edinburgh, National party, Forbes, Mackay, Kate Forbes, Derek Mackay, Rodney Jefferson, Alastair Reed


Instagram brought in more money than YouTube in 2019

There's little doubt that Instagram is important to Facebook's bottom line, but how big is it, really? It might be larger than you think. Bloomberg sources say Instagram racked up $20 billion in ad revenue in 2019, handily eclipsing YouTube's $15.1 billion -- yes, the most popular video site on the planet wasn't as lucrative as a photo-focused social network. Instagram unsurprisingly played an important role in Facebook's finances, accounting for more than a quarter of the...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Bloomberg


Instagram reportedly generated $20 billion in ad revenue in 2019 — even more than YouTube (FB)

Instagram generated $20 billion in ad revenue in 2019, according to a new Bloomberg report. The figure highlights Instagram's unprecedented importance to the future of Facebook. Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, and it has since grown into a cash-printing powerhouse. It now makes up more than a quarter of Facebook's total revenues.   Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Instagram is an increasingly core part of Facebook's business — and new report quantifies tha...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Bloomberg, Kevin Systrom, Mike Krieger, Signal, Priscilla Chan, Facebook Facebook, Youtube Google, Adam Mosseri, Facebook app An Instagram


The Twitter accounts of 15 NFL teams have been hacked, and one hacking group is claiming to be behind all of them

Twitter accounts for 15 teams in the National Football League were hacked Monday afternoon. A hacking group that goes by "OurMine" on Twitter is claiming responsibility for the hacks, which it claims have spread to Instagram and Facebook. Tweets and Instagram posts from these teams' verified social media accounts have since disappeared, but profile photos, banners, and bios are still missing from many of these accounts. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Nearly half of the te...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, NFL, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Chicago, Dallas Cowboys, Channing Tatum, Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers


Trump’s Approval Rating Far Higher Among Men: Campaign Update

(Bloomberg) -- The gender gap in President Donald Trump’s approval rating is a massive 19 percentage points in a new poll.An 7 News/Emerson College poll of registered voters nationwide found 57% of men approved of the job he is doing as president, while only 38% of women approved.That is even higher than the 11 point gender gap in exit polls conducted in the 2016 election, which is tied with 1996 for the largest since 1980, according to the Center for the American Woman and Politics at Rutgers U...
Tags: New York, News, Instagram, California, Massachusetts, New York City, Elizabeth Warren, Bloomberg, Joe Biden, New Hampshire, Iowa, Fairfield, Manchester, Nevada, Donald Trump, Bloomberg LP


Marianne Williamson Will Support Andrew Yang, Sort Of

(Bloomberg) -- Self-help author and former presidential candidate Marianne Williamson says she will be supporting a fellow unconventional contender, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, in the early Democratic primaries.In announcements on Instagram and Twitter, Williamson said she wasn’t endorsing Yang, but wants to help him continue in the race. She is expected to appear with him at a town hall event in Fairfield, Iowa, on Friday.View this post on Instagram A post shared by Marianne Williamson (@marianne...
Tags: News, Instagram, Washington, Bloomberg, Iowa, Fairfield, Bloomberg LP, Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg News, Yang, Williamson, Fairfield Iowa, Marianne Williamson, Andrew Yang, Wendy Benjaminson, Ryan Beckwith


Inside the rise of TikTok, the viral video-sharing app whose ties to China are raising concerns in the US

TikTok is a short-form video app that's become one of the most popular social platforms among teens and Generation Z. TikTok has , and is owned by a Chinese internet company called ByteDance. Here's the story of how TikTok got its start, grown into a wildly popular platform, and the problems that it's facing from US lawmakers along the way. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Follow INSIDER on TikTok. One of the most popular apps among teenagers at the moment is a short-form ...
Tags: Amazon, Hong Kong, UK, Instagram, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, China, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, New York Times, Army, Guardian


TikTok is reportedly on the hunt for a US-based CEO, and it could be the company's latest step to distance itself from ties to China

TikTok, the viral app for creating and sharing short videos, may be searching for a CEO based in the US, Bloomberg reports. The CEO would oversee TikTok's day-to-day operations and "non-technical functions," and work alongside the app's two most senior executives: TikTok chief Alex Zhu, who is based in Asia, and Vanessa Pappas, who heads TikTok's US operations. The move may help to distance TikTok from ByteDance, its Chinese parent company, and appease concerns that the Chinese government play...
Tags: Asia, Hong Kong, Elon Musk, Instagram, California, China, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, The Washington Post, Mohammed bin Salman, Zhu, US Bloomberg, Alex Zhu


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Tuesday. Samsung appointed a new mobile boss as it faces 'peak smartphone' and competition from all sides. Roh Tae-moon, who's been at Samsung since the late 1990s, previously served as head of research for the firm's mobile business. Uber Eats has agreed to sell its Indian business to a local rival called Zomato, the New York Times reports. All Uber Eats' drivers in India will be switched over to Zomato, and its app will direct users t...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, UK, Cook, Instagram, Microsoft, Obama, China, India, US, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Bloomberg


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Monday. A startup company took billions of photos from Facebook and other websites to create a facial-recognition database, and hundreds of law-enforcement agencies are using it. Clearview AI, a facial-recognition startup that scraped social media for images, has been adopted by at least 600 law-enforcement agencies, according to a New York Times report. Snap CEO Evan Spiegel said at a conference on Sunday that he thinks TikTok could su...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Spotify, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, Wikipedia, Israel, Trends, Bloomberg, Nasa, Netflix, Munich, Xi Jinping, New York Times


Instagram drops IGTV button, but only 1% downloaded the app

At most, 7 million of Instagram’s 1 billion-plus users have downloaded its standalone IGTV app in the 18 months since launch. And now, Instagram’s main app is removing the annoying orange IGTV button from its home page in what feels like an admission of lackluster results. For reference, TikTok received 1.15 billion downloads in the same period since IGTV launched in June 2018 . In just the US, TikTok received 80.5 million downloads compared to IGTV’s 1.1 million since then, according to resea...
Tags: Travel, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Youtube, US, Bloomberg, Snapchat, Kevin Systrom, Sarah Frier, Lucas Shaw



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