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A shopper wearing a face mask sits in the shade at the Citadel Outlets in Commerce, Calif., Thursday, July 2, 2020. California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday urged Californians to turn to their

California governor: Wear masks, avoid July 4th gatherings

Jul. 2, 2020 9:24 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom urged Californians on Thursday to turn to their “better angels" and use common sense by wearing masks and skipping traditional gatherings with family and friends during the holiday weekend — a message echoed by local officials who previously sparred...

FILE - This April 23, 2018, file photo shows the logo for Verizon above a trading post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue.  Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Social media companies face revenue hit from boycotts

Jul. 2, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

Verizon's decision to join the growing boycott against Facebook and Twitter risks hurting the social media giants where it hurts most: their advertising revenue. Advertising accounts for nearly all Facebook's $70.7 billion annual revenue, and a similar share of Twitter's $3.46 billion. Both already faced...

FILE - In this May 2, 2020, file photo, people, including those with the boogaloo movement, demonstrate against business closures due to concern about COVID-19, at the State House in Concord, N.H. Facebook says it is banning a “U.S.-based anti-government network

Facebook bans violent 'boogaloo' groups, not the term itself

Jun. 30, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Facebook has banned an extremist anti-government network loosely associated with the broader “boogaloo” movement, a slang term supporters use to refer to a second Civil War or a collapse of civilization. But the platform didn't try to name the group, underscoring the...

FILE - This April 9, 2020 file photo shows a closed Patagonia clothing store in Freeport, Maine. The outdoor gear company Patagonia is the latest brand to announce an advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram app, saying the social media giant has “failed to take steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform.

Social media platforms face a reckoning over hate speech

Jun. 29, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

For years, social media platforms have fueled political polarization and hosted an explosion of hate speech. Now, with four months until the U.S. presidential election and the country’s divisions reaching a boiling point, these companies are upping their game against bigotry and threats of violence. What's...

FILE - In this Thursday, June 4, 2020 file photo, a woman looks at the plywood covering the windows of a Starbucks store in downtown Naperville, Ill., as Naperville residents used hearts to post messages in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social-media ads after a campaign led by civil-rights organizations called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn't do enough to stop racist and violent content.  Starbucks said Sunday, June 28 that its actions were not part of the “#StopHateforProfit” campaign, but that it is pausing its social ads while talking with civil rights organizations and its media partners about how to stop hate speech online.  (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Starbucks latest to say it will pause social media ads

Jun. 28, 2020 7:19 PM EDT

Starbucks is the latest company to say it will pause social media ads after a campaign led by civil rights organizations called for an ad boycott of Facebook, saying it doesn't do enough to stop racist and violent content. Starbucks said Sunday that its actions were not part of the...

FILE - In this May 22, 2020, file photo, Victoria Faughnan, right, and Evelyn Faughnan, play in the surf in Virginia Beach, Va., the day the state reopened the beachfront during the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic not only upended the tourism industry, but how states, cities and attractions market themselves as summer travel destinations. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Virus upends tourism marketing, sparks idea of 'safecations'

Jun. 24, 2020 12:00 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The coronavirus has upended the way cities and states market themselves as summer travel destinations, and some tourism officials are just emerging from an especially awkward position: telling potential visitors to stay away. The pandemic's effects can be seen on promotional websites...

FILE - This April 9, 2020 file photo shows a closed Patagonia clothing store in Freeport, Maine. The outdoor gear company Patagonia is the latest brand to announce an advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram app, saying the social media giant has “failed to take steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform.

Patagonia latest brand to join Facebook July ad boycott

Jun. 22, 2020 7:08 PM EDT

The outdoor gear company Patagonia is the latest company to announce an advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram app for the month of July — or longer — saying the social media giant has failed to take steps to stop the spread on its platform of “hateful lies and dangerous...

FILE - In this May 18, 2020, file photo, a man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past a Huawei retail store in Beijing. One of China’s biggest tech companies has criticized the Trump administration for “politicizing business” after it slapped export sanctions on 33 more Chinese enterprises and government entities. The announcement expanded a U.S. campaign against Chinese companies Washington says might be security threats or involved in human rights abuses. Beijing criticized curbs imposed earlier on tech giant Huawei and other Chinese companies but has yet to say whether it will retaliate. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China's Huawei launches ad blitz as UK reconsiders its role

Jun. 8, 2020 8:29 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Huawei has launched an advertising campaign in Britain as officials reconsider the Chinese technology company's role in supplying equipment for the country's next-generation high speed mobile networks. The company took out full-page ads in British national newspapers outlining its commitment...

Activists criticize new anti-violence campaign in Mexico

May. 28, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Activists criticized a new Mexican government ad campaign on violence against women Thursday, saying it minimizes the problem and depicts women as aggressors, too. A video included in the campaign urges men and women to “count to ten” before lashing out at people in their...