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29 Jun 3:57pm Reddit bans largest pro-Trump subreddit amid hate speech crackdown
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Twitch suspends president’s channel, leaving Facebook increasingly alone in its hands-off approach Reddit and Twitch became the latest social media companies to ban or suspend pro-Donald Trump accounts over hate speech on Monday, further isolating Facebook in its reluctance to enforce content rules against the US president’s hateful and violent rhetoric. Reddit banned its largest pro-Trump message board (known as a subreddit), r/The_Donald, saying that it had “consistently hosted and upvoted more rule-breaking content than average” while refusing to cooperate with the company’s efforts to bring it into compliance.
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29 Jun 1:08pm How hate speech campaigners found Facebook’s weak spot
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The social network’s crisis has been a long time in the making and shows no sign of going away It took less than two hours for Facebook to react and it did so for good reason. At 5pm on Friday, Unilever, one of the world’s largest advertisers, with a portfolio of products that ranges from Marmite to Vaseline, suddenly announced it was pulling all adverts from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter in the US.
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29 Jun 2:35am The fall of Quibi: how did a starry $1.75bn Netflix rival crash so fast?
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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s short-form content platform has struggled to make an impact with bad reviews, lack of interest and legal issues swirling Nearly three months ago, in early April, the $1.75bn content experiment known as Quibi lurched from its rocky, much-maligned promotional campaign into full-scale launch. The service offered a tsunami of celebrity-fronted shows segmented into “quick bites” (hence, “qui-bi”) of 10 minutes or less – a Joe Jonas talk show, a documentary on LeBron James’s I Promise school, a movie with Game of Thrones’s Sophie Turner surviving a plane crash, all straight to your phone. At the time,
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