Google’s three-strikes ad policy isn’t the problem, it’s policy application that worries advertisers

Reading Time: 15 minutes Type Trigger Penalty Warning First instance of ad content violating our Enabling Dishonest Behavior, Unapproved Substances and Dangerous Products or Services policies No penalties beyond the removal of therelevant ads First strike Violation of the same policy for which you’ve received a warning within 90 days The account will be placed on a temporary hold … Read more

Apple’s New Privacy Policy is a Garden of Opportunity

Reading Time: 21 minutes Recently Apple announced that they are changing their privacy policy with the upcoming iOS 15 and macOS Monterey update — and we’re (email marketers) all doomed.   OK OK, that’s not true at all!   Well, the first part is, but in no way is this a death knell for email or email marketing. In fact, we believe it’s a … Read more

The FTC Votes Unanimously to Enforce Right to Repair

Reading Time: 6 minutes During an open commission meeting Wednesday, the Federal Trade Commission voted unanimously to enforce laws around the Right to Repair, thereby ensuring that US consumers will be able to repair their own electronic and automotive devices. The FTC’s endorsement of the rules is not a surprise outcome; the issue of Right to Repair has been … Read more

Google’s New 3-Strike Policy – The Checks & Balances

Reading Time: 5 minutes Google announced a 3-strike policy, which would effectively suspend ad accounts that have received repeated violations. The new policy was met with concern from advertisers as the system incorrectly flags ad content as breaking policy fairly frequently. There was speculation about the number of ad accounts that could receive undeserving suspensions. However, Google does have … Read more

As the Use of AI Spreads, Congress Looks to Rein It In

Reading Time: 7 minutes There’s bipartisan agreement in Washington that the US government should do more to support development of artificial intelligence technology. The Trump administration redirected research funding towards AI programs; President Biden’s science advisor Eric Lander said of AI last month that “America’s economic prosperity hinges on foundational investments in our technological leadership.” At the same time, … Read more

The Next Covid-19 Battle Will Be About Vaccinating Kids

Reading Time: 7 minutes On Monday, the Tennessee Department of Health fired its top vaccine official, Michelle Fiscus. Her transgression: In May, she had sent a memo to pharmacies and physicians in the state, relaying a Tennessee Supreme Court decision that allows teens to seek medical care, including vaccinations, without their parents’ consent. At the time, the Food and … Read more

Haiti Is a Testament to a Hundred Years and More of Destructive United States Policy

Reading Time: 12 minutes VALERIE BAERISWYLGetty Images Here at the shebeen, we have left alone the story of the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise because, frankly, we were waiting for a break in the weird. Every day, there was another strange twist in what was a strange enough story to begin with. But there seems to be a … Read more

Controversial WhatsApp policy change hit with consumer law complaint in Europe – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 10 minutes Facebook has been accused of multiple breaches of European Union consumer protection law as a result of its attempts to force WhatsApp users to accept controversial changes to the messaging platforms’ terms of use — such as threatening users that the app would stop working if they did not accept the updated policies by May … Read more

Biden Wants the FCC to Fix Net Neutrality—but It Can’t Yet

Reading Time: 6 minutes The FCC could also use its authority over common carriers to protect consumers in other ways. For example, former FCC chair Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal simultaneously wiped out the Obama-era price-transparency rules that Biden wants to bring back. Senator Ed Markey (D–Massachusetts) applauded Biden’s call for restoring net neutrality rules. “As soon as there are … Read more

Pinterest updates policy to prohibit ads promoting weight loss – TechCrunch

Reading Time: 6 minutes Starting today, Pinterest will prohibit all advertisers from sharing ads that promote weight loss. This includes any language and imagery that encourages weight loss, promotes weight loss products, idealizes certain body types, or references the BMI (which is often a poor indicator of overall health). This makes Pinterest the first major social media platform to … Read more