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Facebook offered ‘Jew Hater,’ ‘Ku Klux Klan,’ other hate-based audiences to advertisers

Published: Friday, September 15, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

Facebook Offered Hate-Based Audiences To Advertisers

Facebook’s online advertising tools allow advertisers to segment and target anti-Semitic Facebook users who identify themselves using keywords and queries like “how to burn Jews,” “Jew hater” and “History of ‘why Jews ruin the world,’” according to a new report by ProPublica.

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Reporters located these audiences using Facebook’s own tools, then successfully placed ads targeting those users using the same methods advertisers would use to target any other interest or affinity on the world’s foremost social media platform.

Facebook approved three $10.00 ad buys from ProPublica reporters targeting people who listed “Jew haters,” “how to burn Jews,” and “history of ‘why Jews ruin the world’” on their profiles, even suggesting related terms like “Hitler did nothing wrong” to broaden the audience. The promoted post campaigns were approved in under 15 minutes, according to ProPublica.

Reporters took screenshots of the site as they placed the ads. After being contacted about the successful ad buys, Facebook officials said they would remove the audiences.

Shortly after the ProPublica report came out, Slate reported its own success placing similar ads targeting interests in terms like “Kill Muslimic Radicals,” “Ku-Klux-Klan,” “Jew Killing Weekly Magazine” and “Nazi Party (Canada).” The ads were approved in less than one minute, Slate reported, noting that the specific terms ProPublica used were no longer available.

Facebook did not deny the ProPublica report, but representatives contacted Rare.us to insist that the hateful terms were a product of descriptions users created, not a Facebook algorithm. Facebook spokesperson Rob Leathern also issued this statement:

“We don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. Our community standards strictly prohibit attacking people based on their protected characteristics, including religion, and we prohibit advertisers from discriminating against people based on religion and other attributes. However, there are times where content is surfaced on our platform that violates our standards. In this case, we’ve removed the associated targeting fields in question. We know we have more work to do, so we’re also building new guardrails in our product and (reviewing) processes to prevent other issues like this from happening in the future.”

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Disneyland tradition runs through generations for one family

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 3:20 PM

Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, where magical storybooks come alive, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world.
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Standing in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland, where magical storybooks come alive, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Minnie Mouse welcome visitors from all over the world.(Disneyland)

There are the families who go to the Disney’s theme parks every year and do all things Disney; then there are the Disney families who make Mickey Mouse’s parks their entire lives.

Kaiden and Mikayla Gerlach are part of the second type of Disney families. They are the latest in a long line of family members who have all answered their calling to work for Disneyland, KABC reported. They’re actually among the 19 members of their family, over four generations, who have worked for Mickey Mouse.

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It all started with Verral Elmer, their great-grandmother. who started working at Disneyland just after it opened in 1955.

She retired after working there for 28 years, KABC reported

Elmer’s daughter Lynne Elmer worked there, too, starting in 1958, and even got to see Walt Disney having breakfast with his grandchildren. 

One of Lynne’s children also worked at the theme park, as did Bill and Sandy Cushing, who met at the park and got married a few years later, KABC reported.

“One of those things that we always had to tell people was that this is the happiest place on earth and we really believe that, and we thought it was and we know it is,” Doug Elmer told KABC

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George H.W. Bush recovering after infection, moved out of intensive care

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM
Updated: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 2:44 PM

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Former President George H.W. Bush has been moved from the intensive care unit at Houston Methodist Hospital to a regular patient bed days after he suffered an infection that spread to his blood, a family spokesman said Wednesday.

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WATCH: Woman pulls gun on would-be robber, saves husband, family says

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 8:37 AM

Watch: Woman Pulls Gun On Robber, Saving Her Family

Police in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for a man who allegedly attempted a robbery outside a Whitehaven home in broad daylight.

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A surveillance camera captured the weekend incident.

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One of the victims, who asked not to be identified, told WHBQ that his niece, who was visiting from Florida, took his gun and scared off the bold criminal after she saw that her husband was in trouble.

“She’s bold," he said. "She ain’t scared of nothing.”

In the video, the suspect has his right hand in his waist band as he stands behind the woman's husband. The victims said the man’s hand was on a gun.

Memphis police said Sunday afternoon the man in the blue jacket came to the Whitehaven home and asked to use one of the victims’ phones and then asked for a ride.

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While the incident was unfolding outside the house, the woman and her uncle reportedly were inside the house.

Police said that after the woman saw her husband in trouble, she came out the front door with a gun and fired a warning shot.

The uncle told WHBQ: “She said she didn’t want to kill him, but when he fired back at us after she fired the warning shot, she said she was trying to hit him then but didn’t.”

Memphis police told WHBQ that the suspect ran toward the back of the house before getting away.

Police said they are reviewing this surveillance video to get a positive ID on the suspect. If you have any information on who that suspect may be, call CrimeStoppers at 901-528-CASH.

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Man frustrated by lack of help at Walmart takes matters, PA system into his own hands

Published: Wednesday, April 25, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

Customer Uses Walmart PA When He Can’t Find Employee to Help Him

As anyone who frequents Walmart knows, it can be frustrating when you need help and can’t find anyone wearing a Walmart associate’s blue vest.

One Kentucky man had enough of not being helped in the sporting goods department so took matters into this own hands, WKYT reported. He picked up the store’s public address system and announced over the intercom, “Customer needs assistance in sporting goods, please. I’m the customer.”

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His message was caught on video, and quickly went viral, as other Walmart shoppers commiserated about their shopping pains.

Forrest Hunter, the reported name of the man who asked for help, said that a worker came up to him shortly after he made his announcement. 

“A guy walked up and asked if I needed any help. I said, ‘How’d you know?’ Then I bought my hunting license,” he told WKYT.

The six-second video has been viewed more than 2.7 million times and shared 50,000 times.

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