The Daily Populous

Wednesday June 24th, 2020 evening edition

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Organizers of the Facebook boycott acknowledge that while previous efforts to change Facebook’s platform have fallen short, the national focus on racial injustice has put a spotlight on all aspects of life, including social media.

The groups have held private discussions with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Mark Elliot ZuckerbergBen & Jerry's is latest company to join Facebook advertising boycott Patagonia becomes latest company to pull ads from Facebook The North Face pulls ads from Facebook MORE for years about how to improve the way the platform deals with racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, white supremacist and otherwise violent content.

Outerwear companies, including Eddie Bauer and Arc’teryx, were some of the first to join, pledging to stop buying advertisements on Facebook and Instagram for July.

David Kirkpatrick, author of “The Facebook Effect” and founder of Techonomy, called the potential of the boycott campaign “historic.”.

Facebook said it will continue to work with companies and civil rights groups on how to improve its platform.

Sarah Miller, director of the American Economic Liberties Project and co-director of Freedom from Facebook and Google, said Facebook is unlikely to budge without regulatory changes.

“I don’t think the boycott for the month of July will be material for Facebook,” said Ali Mogharabi, a senior equity analyst at investment research firm Morningstar. »

A petition has launched to have Prince replace a Christopher Columbus statue

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Minnesota residents have launched a petition pleading with state officials to remove the Christopher Columbus statue that stands in front of the state capitol, and replace it with the legendary musician, Prince.

Standing currently at 9,390 of the desired 10,000 signatures, the petition plainly states: “Prince represents Minnesota values and Columbus does not.”.

Keen to see the Columbus statue be removed, you can sign the petition via the Organize For website. »

'Their money couldn't buy a movement': Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taunts Wall Street after triumphing over her billionaire-backed primary opponent

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez goaded Wall Street on Wednesday after winning the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional district.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez taunted Wall Street on Wednesday after comfortably winning the Democratic primary for New York's 14th Congressional district.

While Caruso-Cabrera had the backing of many Wall Street icons, she raised only around 20% of the money raised by Ocasio-Cortez. »