The Daily Populous

Saturday November 18th, 2023 morning edition

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A torrent of prominent brands halted their advertising on X on Friday, dealing a massive reputational blow to Elon Musk’s social media company after his public embrace this week of an antisemitic conspiracy theory favored by White supremacists.

The high-profile advertiser revolt includes some of the world’s largest media companies, such as Disney, Paramount, NBCUniversal, Comcast, Lionsgate and Warner Bros.

X also reportedly lost Apple, according to multiple news outlets including Axios, which first reported Apple’s withdrawal.

“IBM has zero tolerance for hate speech and discrimination and we have immediately suspended all advertising on X while we investigate this entirely unacceptable situation,” an IBM spokesperson said.

In a social media post on Friday, X CEO Linda Yaccarino wrote that “X has been extremely clear about our efforts to combat antisemitism and discrimination.

“At risk of stating the obvious, anyone advocating the genocide of *any* group will be suspended from this platform,” Musk wrote on X Friday evening.

In August, two other brands, NCTA — the Internet and Television Association — and Gilead Sciences paused their spending on X after their ads were also run alongside pro-Nazi content. »

Trump Gives Away the Game With January 6 Confession in New Recording

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To cover his tracks, Santos crafted a “fictional” financial narrative surrounding what he called his “family’s firm,” the Devolder Organization.

Yet that group turned out not to be a financial institution but an LLC that almost exclusively received bank deposits and transfers from other accounts operated by Santos.

They opted against recommending any sanctions against Santos, predicting that the process would have dragged on for months, reported Roll Call. »

Iowa City man accused of masturbating at local convenience store

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An Iowa City man was arrested on a warrant stemming from a March incident where he allegedly followed customers in a convenience store and masturbated in front of them.

Police obtained a search warrant and seized clothing that matched surveillance video and traffic cameras from the incident.

After being read his Miranda rights, Kelly allegedly claimed that he wasn’t exposing himself and was instead scratching his genitals. »

Baldur's Gate 3 gets $80 physical edition in 2024

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Larian Studios is giving Baldur's Gate 3 a physical multiplatform release outside of Japan.

In early 2024, limited disc-based versions of the hit RPG will release for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S for $80.

For those buying the disc versions of Baldur's Gate 3, Larian released an FAQ which can be read here. »