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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia. That’s […]
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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies. – TechCrunch

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Facebook should ban campaign ads. End the lies.

Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we don’t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters aren’t educated, and the media isn’t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks don’t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia.

That’s why if Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube don’t want to be the arbiters of truth in campaign ads, they should stop selling them. If they can’t be distributed safely, they shouldn’t be distributed at all.

No one wants historically untrustworthy social networks becoming the honesty police, deciding what’s factual enough to fly. But the alternative of allowing deception to run rampant is unacceptable. Until voter-elected officials can implement reasonable policies to preserve truth in campaign ads, the tech giants should go a step further and refuse to run them.

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This problem came to a head recently when Facebook formalized its policy of allowing politicians to lie in ads and refusing to send their claims to third-party fact-checkers. “We don’t believe, however, that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny,” Facebook’s VP of Policy Nick Clegg wrote.

The Trump campaign was already running ads with false claims about Democrats trying to repeal the Second Amendment and weeks-long scams about a “midnight deadline” for a contest to win the one-millionth MAGA hat.

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After the announcement, Trump’s campaign began running ads smearing potential opponent Joe Biden with widely debunked claims about his relationship with Ukraine. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter refused to remove the ad when asked by Biden.

In response to the policy, Elizabeth Warren is running ads claiming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorses Trump because it’s allowing his campaign lies. She’s continued to press Facebook on the issue, stating “you can be in the disinformation-for-profit business, or you can hold yourself to some standards.”

It’s easy to imagine campaign ads escalating into an arms race of dishonesty.

Campaigns could advertise increasingly untrue and defamatory claims about each other tied to urgent calls for donations. Once all sides are complicit in the misinformation, lying loses its stigma, becomes the status quo and ceases to have consequences. Otherwise, whichever campaign misleads more aggressively will have an edge.

“In open democracies, voters rightly believe that, as a general rule, they should be able to judge what politicians say themselves,” Facebook’s Clegg writes.

But as is emblematic of Facebook’s past mistakes, it’s putting too much idealistic faith in society. If all voters were well-educated and we weren’t surrounded by hyperpartisan media, from Fox News to far-left Facebook Pages, maybe this hands-off approach might work. But in reality, juicy lies spread further than boring truths, and plenty of “news” outlets are financially incentivized to share sensationalism and whatever keeps their team in power.

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Protecting the electorate should fall to legislators. But incumbents have few reasons to change the rules that got them their jobs. The FCC already has truth in advertising policies, but exempts campaign ads, and a judge struck down a law mandating accuracy.

Granted, there have always been dishonest candidates, uninformed voters and one-sided news outlets. But it’s all gotten worse. We’re in a post-truth era now where the spoils won through deceptive demagoguery are clear. Cable news and digitally native publications have turned distortion of facts into a huge business.

Most critically, targeted social network advertising combined with donation links create a perpetual misinformation machine. Politicians can target vulnerable demographics with frightening lies, then say only their financial contribution will let the candidate save them. A few clicks later and the candidate has the cash to buy more ads, amplifying more untruths and raising even more money. Without the friction of having to pick up the phone, mail a letter or even type in a URL like TV ads request, the feedback loop is shorter and things spiral out of control.

Many countries, including the U.K., Ireland and the EU, ban or heavily restrict TV campaign ads. There’s plenty of precedent for policies keeping candidates’ money out of the most powerful communication mediums. Even Facebook’s Chinese competitor TikTok has banned political ads, saying they don’t fit with its “positive, refreshing environment.”  Rather than deal with the headaches, it dropped campaign promos entirely.

Campaign commercials on U.S. television might need additional regulation, as well. However, the lack of direct connections to “Donate” buttons, microtargeting and rapid variable testing weaken their potential for abuse. Individual networks can refuse ads for containing falsehoods, as CNN recently did, without the same backlash over bias that an entity as powerful as Facebook receives.

This is why the social networks should halt sales of political campaign ads now. They’re the one set of stakeholders with flexibility that could make a united decision. You’ll never get all the politicians and media to be honest, or the public to understand, but just a few companies could set a policy that would protect democracy. And they could do it without having to pick sides or make questionable decisions on a case-by-case basis. Just block them all from all candidates.

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Facebook wrote in response to Biden’s request to block the Trump ads that “Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is.”

But banning campaign ads would still leave room for open political expression that’s subject to public scrutiny. Social networks should continue to let politicians say what they want to their own followers, barring calls for violence. Tech giants can offer a degree of freedom of speech, just not freedom of reach. Whoever wants to listen can, but they shouldn’t be able to jam misinformation into the feeds of the unsuspecting.

If the tech giants want to stop short of completely banning campaign ads, they could introduce a format designed to minimize misinformation. Politicians could be allowed to simply promote themselves with a set of stock messages, but without the option to make claims about themselves or their opponents.

Campaign ads aren’t a huge revenue driver for social apps, nor are they a high-margin business nowadays. The Trump and Clinton campaigns spent only a combined $81 million on 2016 election ads, a fraction of Facebook’s $27 billion in revenue that year. And $284 million was spent in total on 2018 midterm election ads versus Facebook’s $55 billion in revenue last year, says Tech For Campaigns. Zuckerberg even said that Facebook will lose money selling political ads because of all the moderators it hires to weed out election interference by foreign parties.

Surely, there would be some unfortunate repercussions from blocking campaign ads. New candidates in local to national elections would lose a tool for reducing the lead of incumbents, some of which have already benefited from years of advertising. Some campaign ads might be pushed “underground,” where they’re not properly labeled, though the major spenders could be kept under watch.

If the social apps can still offer free expression through candidates’ own accounts, aren’t reliant on politicians’ cash to survive, won’t police specific lies in their promos and would rather let the government regulate the situation, then they should respectfully decline to sell campaign advertising. Following the law isn’t enough until the laws adapt. This will be an ongoing issue through the 2020 election, and leaving the floodgates open is irresponsible.

If a game is dangerous, you don’t eliminate the referee. You stop playing until you can play safe.

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Stadia, Google’s cloud video game streaming service, will launch on November 19th.

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Google went back to the drawing board with its answer to the AirPods. Shipping sometime in “Spring 2020,” the new Pixel Buds will cost $179. Google says the battery should last about five hours per charge, with the familiar floss-style charging case packing an additional 24 hours’ worth of charge. On-board microphones will adapt the sound based on your environment, and help to cancel out background noise like wind.

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It’s been a while since Google shipped a higher-end Chrome OS laptop u2014 but with Pixelbook Go, they’re taking another swing at it. It’s got a 13.3″ display, up to 16GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage, with the company promising around 12 hours of battery life. It’ll weigh roughly two pounds, with a base model that’ll cost $649.

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Nest Aware (which lets you add cloud recording to your Nest cameras) used to cost a few bucks per device. Now it’s a flat fee, regardless of how many cameras you’ve got — $6 per month gets you 30 days of “event” history (read: just the bits of video where things are actually happening), while $12 per month gets you 60 days of event history or 10 days of 24/7 video history.

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Nest Aware also now lets you put your Nest Minis/Nest Hubs into a security-centric listening mode, with the smart speakers listening for things like smoke alarms and dogs barking and sending you notifications accordingly.

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They’ll switch to the new pricing structure in “early 2020.”

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As rumored over the past few weeks, Google is mashing up the concepts of its Google Wifi mesh router with its Google Home speakers, voltroning them into Nest Wifi u2014 a router/smart speaker hybrid. They’ll ship starting on November 4th; a two-pack will cost $269, with a three-pack going for $349.

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The Google Home Mini is now the “Nest Mini,” and a bit has changed beyond the name. It’s now wall-mountable without any adapters, with a speaker that Google says offers up double the bass. It has a new machine learning chip on board for faster responses, and more microphones to work better in louder environments. It’ll ship on October 22nd for $49.

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After an endless series of leaks, the next generation of Pixel u2014 Google’s flagship Android phone u2014 is officially official. The Pixel 4 will come in at 5.7″ with a 2,800mAh battery, while the Pixel 4 XL comes in at 6.3″ with a 3,700mAh battery. They’re both running on the Snapdragon 855 chipset with 6GB of RAM. They’ve both got “Project Soli” radar chips inside, allowing you to do things like switch songs, snooze alarms or silence calls by waving your hand over the phone without actually touching it.

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The main focus here for Google is the cameras, with the company leaning hard into the idea of using machine-learning and AI-centric software to improve photos u2014 things like live HDR preview with dual exposure controls, AI-driven “learning” white balance and an improved Night Sight mode that can handle taking photos of star-lit nights. Both phones have two cameras on the back (12.2 megapixel f/1.7 main camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto lens) and one on the front (8 megapixels). You can read all about the new software-focused camera goods here.

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It’ll ship starting October 24th, starting at $799.

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He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become “unicorns” (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

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He was one of the earliest writers to highlight and report on a number of companies that have since become “unicorns” (reaching a valuation of $1B or more), including Zenefits and Twilio.

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This is the Pixel 4, the handset that literally everyone saw coming. Even by Google’s standards, the handset leaked like crazy. Some was almost certainly by design, as the company looked to hype its new flagship amid slowing smartphone sales. That said, showing up for pre-order on two different sites in the past few days is a lot, even by Pixel Standards.

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From the front, at least, the new device doesnu2019t really stand out. The standard Pixel 4 maintains some pretty sizable bezels on the top and bottom, even as most of the industry has moved toward a notch or hole punch to accommodate the camera.

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The back of the device is another story entirely, of course. After a few generations of pushing back on multiple camera setups, Google is finally embracing them with the 4. The pair of cameras are positioned in a square configuration, similar to the iPhone 11.

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The sensor is up top and the flash is on the bottom, with the wide angle and telephoto sitting next to one another in the middle. There is a 12-megapixel and a 16-megapixel, per earlier leaks. Iu2019ve included a handful of random shots Iu2019ve taken here. They leave a little to be desired u2014 more when we get our hands on the device later for a proper review, but this should give you some idea of what weu2019re working with here.

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Honestly, Iu2019m pretty excited to see whatu2019s on offer with the device here. Googleu2019s always done a good job using AI/ML to augment the single-lens configuration, so the idea of what itu2019s capable of producing in tandem with dual lenses could well make it a contender for one of the best camera phones on the market.

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Imaging has been improved across the board here, including the already solid Night Sight, Portrait Mode and zoom, which uses a hybrid of digital and the physical telephoto lens. I mean, if itu2019s good enough for Annie Leibovitz, right?

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Recorder is an exciting new prospect for someone who makes a living interviewing people such as myself. I tried it out, but honestly, it leaves a bit to be desired in this super noisy setting. Again, a more official write-up of that later, though I do appreciate that the company is doing the transcribing on-board, versus the cloud.

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That means a faster response and no concern over more sensitive stuff. Once recording, youu2019ll see a gray wave form that turns blue when speech is detected. Tapping u201ctranscriptu201d will show the speech. From there you can share it via social media or save it to Google Drive.

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Itu2019s fun to see Google embracing gestures here, as a natural followup to its squeezable Active Edge. Admittedly, itu2019s something that plenty of phone makers have tried with limited success. Perhaps the inclusion of the new radar chip will save it from accidental gestures and make it more user-friendly.

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Or maybe the inclusion of a kind of game where you can wave at Pikachu and other Poku00e9mon will help with adoption. I donu2019t have particularly high hopes on either one, if Iu2019m being honest. Training users on a new form of input is an uphill climb, though the gestures are pretty responsive. At least everyone is already familiar with face unlocks, which is augmented by the aforementioned radar feature, detecting the user as they reach for the phone and beginning the unlock process from there.

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The handset ships October 24, starting at $799. Look for a much meatier review in the near future.

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For healthtech founders and funders, scientific claims and conclusions are more than policy u2014 business models depend upon the lucid appraisal of clinical problems, evaluating inadequacies in current standards of care, a clear understanding of disease pathways, and designing superior interventions.u00a0

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At each step along this value chain, founders stand on the shoulders of the scientists that preceded them to obtain reliable evidence. When they promote their own innovations, credibility is a critical prerequisite. But where does credibility come from?

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A 2012 study selecting 50 common cookbook ingredients found that 80% had publications linking their consumption to cancer risk; according to some reports, tomatoes, lemons, and celery all cause cancer. The to-and-fro of nutrition science is emblematic of a larger dynamic related to fickle research findings across disciplines. Because investigators seeking to build upon seminal studies struggle to reproduce the original findings, researchers have deemed the problem a reproducibility crisis.u00a0

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Simulations have found that up to 85% of published findings could not be replicated. In turn, tens of billions of dollars are wasted and countless patient lives are adversely impacted annually due to unreliable research.u00a0

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Historically, academic research and healthcare VC have had considerable overlap, but in recent years, this co-dependence has increased as researchers are looking more and more for financial support. Government research fundingu00a0has seen a steady decline, with private sources now supporting almost 60% of the spend. Biomedical VC has been portrayed as a critical source of risk capital for early-stage research and a key engine for its translation at later stages.

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For healthtech founders and funders, scientific claims and conclusions are more than policy u2014 business models depend upon the lucid appraisal of clinical problems, evaluating inadequacies in current standards of care, a clear understanding of disease pathways, and designing superior interventions.u00a0 At each step along this value chain, founders stand on the shoulders of the […]

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The move involved 75 petabytes of internal data stored in nearly 7,500 Oracle databases, according to the company. “I am happy to report that this database migration effort is now complete. Amazonu2019s Consumer business just turned off its final Oracle database (some third-party applications are tightly bound to Oracle and were not migrated),” AWS’s Jeff Barr wrote in the company blog post announcing the migration.

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Over the last several years, the company has been working to move off of Oracle databases, but it’s not an easy task to move projects on Amazon scale. Barr wrote there were lots of reasons the company wanted to make the move. “Over the years we realized that we were spending too much time managing and scaling thousands of legacy Oracle databases. Instead of focusing on high-value differentiated work, our database administrators (DBAs) spent a lot of time simply keeping the lights on while transaction rates climbed and the overall amount of stored data mounted,” he wrote.

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More than 100 consumer services have been moved to AWS databases, including customer-facing tools like Alexa, Amazon Prime and Twitch, among others. It also moved internal tools like AdTech, its fulfillment system, external payments and ordering. These are not minor matters. They are the heart and soul of Amazon’s operations.

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Each team moved the Oracle database to an AWS database service like Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Aurora, Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) and Amazon Redshift. Each group was allowed to choose the service they wanted, based on its individual needs and requirements.

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Oracle declined to comment on this story.

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NASA revealed new spacesuits, specifically created for the Artemis generation of missions, which aim to get the first American woman and the next American man to the surface of the Moon by 2024. The new design’s toppling feature is greater mobility and flexibility, in basically every respect. NASA unveiled both a full suit designed for use in extra-vehicular activities on the surface of the Moon, and a flight suit for use while in transit to lunar orbit.

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Guided by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, the agency first demonstrated the suit that astronauts will use on the surface of the Moon (and, with modifications, eventually on Mars). It’s called the “xEMU” variant, and it looks a lot like what you might think of when you imagine “space suit” in your mind. But it’s quite different in many respects from what astronauts used to visit the surface of the Moon during the Apollo program.

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It allows you to actually moonwalk, for instance: The original suit used for Moon-based activities actually only offered enough range of motion for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to be able to essentially “bunny hop” on the lunar surface, in Bridenstine’s own words. This new design allows them to move around much more dynamically, including actually walking, and offers plenty of range of motion for their arms. Combined with new gloves that actually allow astronauts to freely move their fingers, they can do things like pick up rocks off the lunar surface with relative ease.

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The new spacesuit design is also designed to work with virtually everyone who could want to become an astronaut, with inclusive sizing that can accommodate anyone from the “first percentile female to the 99th percentile male,” according to Kristine Davis, an Advanced Space Suit Engineer at NASA and the person who demonstrated the xEMU variant of the suit onstage at the event on Tuesday.

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“We want every person who dreams of going into space to be able to say to themselves, that yes, they have that opportunity,” Bridenstine added, regarding the suit’s inclusive design.

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Because NASA is also looking to ensure that this time when they return to the Moon, they do so sustainably (meaning with the intent of eventually setting up shop and staying), they also designed this suit with a much higher range of temperature variances to ensure it can serve at both the North and South poles of the Moon, as well as around the equatorial region. This xEMU suit is designed to survive temperature ranges from between -250 and +250 degrees Fahrenheit.

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NASA also talked about how this is an improvement from the spacesuit currently used on the International Space Station. For one, this one has usable legs, where the legs on the ISS suits are essentially just for protection since you aren’t using them in zero and microgravity. The bearing designs used to connect the arms here also mean you have greater range of motion for reaching and grabbing, as mentioned.

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The other suit, called the “Orion Crew Survival Suit,” is a much lighter suit that’s designed to be worn during take-off and landing. It’ll generally be depressurized when in use, but can provide protection in case of accidental depressurization. It was demonstrated by Dustin Gohmert, project manager on the Orion crew suit, who explained that it also has thermal protection and radiation protection, though not to the level of the xEMU.

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The larger xEMU suit is also intentionally designed to be upgradeable, somewhat like a PC motherboard, and it’s designed so that it can be upgraded and worked on in space by the astronauts to adopt new and improved technologies as they become available, rather than having to be round-tripped back to Earth for updates.

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Bridenstine re-iterated that NASA is also working with commercial partners on sourcing the production of the Artemis suits, as the agency announced earlier this month. It’s also looking to these companies to provide advice and input about what to do in terms of future evolutions and upgrades for the technology used in the suit.

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Overall, Bridenstine was obviously eager to talk about commercialization, and NASA’s eagerness to work with commercial partners on the Artemis program, and on space in general.

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“What NASA has already done is invested in commercial resupply of the International Space Station […] We have invested now in commercial crew. And in the first part of next year, we’re going to once again launch American astronauts on American rockets from American soil for the first time since the retirement of the Space Shuttles in 2011,” he said. “That’s going to be a really positive development for our country, but it’s going to be commercial […] And of course, we want to see a lot of robust commercial habitats in low-Earth orbit as well. Ultimately, what that enables us to do is then take the resources that the taxpayers give us, and go to the Moon and on to Mars, always keeping an eye on commercialization even there. The goal here is to expand humanity further into space than ever before.”

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At each step along this value chain, founders stand on the shoulders of the scientists that preceded them to obtain reliable evidence. When they promote their own innovations, credibility is a critical prerequisite. But where does credibility come from?

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A 2012 study selecting 50 common cookbook ingredients found that 80% had publications linking their consumption to cancer risk; according to some reports, tomatoes, lemons, and celery all cause cancer. The to-and-fro of nutrition science is emblematic of a larger dynamic related to fickle research findings across disciplines. Because investigators seeking to build upon seminal studies struggle to reproduce the original findings, researchers have deemed the problem a reproducibility crisis.u00a0

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Simulations have found that up to 85% of published findings could not be replicated. In turn, tens of billions of dollars are wasted and countless patient lives are adversely impacted annually due to unreliable research.u00a0

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Historically, academic research and healthcare VC have had considerable overlap, but in recent years, this co-dependence has increased as researchers are looking more and more for financial support. Government research fundingu00a0has seen a steady decline, with private sources now supporting almost 60% of the spend. Biomedical VC has been portrayed as a critical source of risk capital for early-stage research and a key engine for its translation at later stages.

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If you’re an avid TechCrunch reader, someone who loves to absorb endless startup profiles and pore through fundraising stories, you might think raising venture capital is easy. In reality, itu2019s very, very difficult and not the best source of capital for most businesses.

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For startups hoping to scale far and wide as fast as possible, VC may be the right fit. To shed light on the process of raising equity capital from venture capital firms and provide some exclusive tips and tricks for Extra Crunch subscribers, we sat down with three experts on the subject. Below are the top pieces of advice from Charles Hudson, founder and managing partner of Precursor Ventures, Redpoint Ventures general partner Annie Kadavy, and DocSend founder Russ Heddleston. The following has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

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1. First, make sure your company is fit to raise venture capital.

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Charles Hudson: I think venture capital, it’s really a specialty type of capital. It’s really for companies that have the aspiration to grow really quickly, to build really large businesses u2026 If you’re not a company that needs to grow quickly, venture capital might not be the right source of capital for you. There has to be a really big prize at the end of the journey.

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2. Raise capital early if youu2019re stressing about small costs or fretting competition

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Russ Heddleston: If you’re thinking about whether or not to raise, there are a couple of reasons that I will often advise people to raise early. One is if they’re really stressing about buying a whiteboard for their office, or like some something of relatively small cost. If you think it could be a big company, and you’re stressing about small things, raise money and buy the whiteboard, hire the additional person and get back to what you should be doing, which is running your business and growing it quickly.

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The other thing is if you ask the question, ‘is there a competitor I don’t know about?’ If you heard tomorrow, that competitor just raised $2 million, or $5 million or $10 million, how nervous would that make you? For some businesses, you’re like, I don’t really care, itu2019s a services industry, it’s not a winner take all market. And other times, you’re like, oh, I’d be really nervous. So if either those apply, that’s a good reason to make a compelling case to someone like Charles.

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3. Itu2019s OK to take a salary

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Annie Kadavy: Iu2019d be hard-pressed to think of an example where a founder is not paying themselves, the question, though, is how much? You’re paying yourself enough so that the basic costs of life and running your business are not giving you anxiety, because as an early stage investor one of our primary roles is to try and keep the baseline stress as low as it can be, because it’s really hard to go build a company.

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If a founder is coming in at the Series A and they say I’m going to go pay myself $300,000, we might be like, well, that doesn’t really feel right, shouldn’t you want to put some of that money into the company? The ranges I’ve seen are anything from $60,000 up to probably $120,000 at the Series A, or maybe $150,000. Then, as the company grows and as the balance sheet grows and it’s de-risked, your salary as an executive at the company will scale with that.

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Charles Hudson, Annie Kadavy and Russ Heddleston offer pro tips.

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The increase in activity in the pre-IPO secondary market means that founders, early employees, and investors are receiving liquidity much sooner in a companyu2019s lifecycle than ever before. For most startups and privately-held companies, liquidity is often an issue for stockholders, as no market exists for selling shares and/or transfer restrictions can prevent their sale. Secondary stock transactions, however, are a way to work around this problem.

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Here’s a quick look at how they work and what to keep in mind, especially if you’re going through the process for the first time. (If you’re not familiar, secondaries are transactions in which an existing stockholder sells their stock for cash to third parties or back to the company itself before the company undergoes an exit; traditionally, an exit refers to an M&A or an IPO.)

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Offering secondary transactions to founders is a tool VCs have been using to win deals. For example, if a VC promises that the founders will receive $1,000,000 in cash through a secondary sale from a $15,000,000 venture financing round, the founders will likely prefer that VCu2019s term sheet to a term sheet from a VC that does not offer that deal.

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Why would a founder consider a secondary sale of their equity?

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The increase in activity in the pre-IPO secondary market means that founders, early employees, and investors are receiving liquidity much sooner in a companyu2019s lifecycle than ever before…

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This is amazing! Thanks for sharing, Ryan!

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In niche markets like aerospace, where the traditional VC model might not yield an abundance of available funding, corporate venture funds can offer entrepreneurs an interesting alternative.

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Unlike traditional VCs, firms like Lockheed Martin Ventures are in constant contact with internal business units about challenges they need solved, or improvements they’re seeking that cannot be sourced internally or through existing vendors.u00a0

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Lockheed Martin Ventures Executive Director and General Manager J. Christopher Moran explains that while in the past that has traditionally meant the companyu2019s in-house VC sought out later-stage investments in companies with more u201cmatureu201d technology, the fund recently shifted its focus to early-stage companies.

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u201c[Lockheedu2019s venture arm] was actually established in 2007, as a fund called the u2018Emerging Technologies Funds,u201d Moran said in an interview. u201cAnd it was a vehicle for the business areas to look for and find small startups […] They were using it to look for sort of leading edge, but more mature technology. We started realizing that what we wanted to do was focus more on commercial tech, with a dual-use capability for aerospace, then that made us think that we should probably be looking at much earlier stage companies.u201d

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Aerospace has always spun out dual-use technologies like GPS and satellite imaging, but today’s startups are solving larger problems; autonomous technologies like machine learning, computer vision, neural networks and artificial intelligence have tremendous potential for application in Lockheedu2019s aerospace and defense businesses u2014 but most of the startups working on these challenges are geared towards automakers and mobility, since they offer a clearer and more immediate path to revenue.

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Moran accordingly shifted the focus of the fund, aiming its investments at much earlier stage companies, and looking instead for leading edge or u201cvisionaryu201d startups. Once identified, they look to establish partnerships with areas of Lockheedu2019s business to help inform the startups’ work at an earlier stage in the process.

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Lockheed Martin Ventures now has $200 million committed, and Moran says it has returned around $80 million on its first $100 million invested already in its first decade of operation. Itu2019s an u2018evergreenu2019 fund by design, meaning that returns generated by the fund go back into funding more startups through the venture wing exclusively.

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In niche markets like aerospace, where the traditional VC model might not yield an abundance of available funding, corporate venture funds can offer entrepreneurs an interesting alternative. Unlike traditional VCs, firms like Lockheed Martin Ventures are in constant contact with internal business units about challenges they need solved, or improvements they’re seeking that cannot be […]

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When Susan Fowler’s 2017 blog post shined a light on Uber’s raucous culture, outlining rampant harassment and sexism, a debate erupted. What role do the deep-pocketed investors behind the company, those who allowed it to scale to monstrous proportions, have in developing and nurturing its culture? Entrepreneurs and venture capitalists themselves wondered aloud, how involved should a venture fund be in early-stage recruiting processes and ensuring a safe environment for employees? If a culture is bad, unsafe, damaging, is it the VC’s fault?

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Late-stage venture funds, for the most part, miss the opportunity to deeply impact their portfolio companies’ cultures. When they invest, typically large sums of capital in companies with hundreds of employees and multiple offices, the company’s culture is formed and, as Uber and others have proven, rebuilding culture a decade in is no easy challenge. Early-stage funds, however, the people that write the very first check in startups, have a front-row seat to decisions crucial to defining how a company operates and treats its employees in the long term. These people, if they care to, have the power to help determine key hires and establish company values, norms and behaviors from the get-go.

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This week, San Francisco-based early-stage fund True Ventures hired its first-ever vice president of culture, a move that suggests VCs are taking concrete steps toward further involving themselves in the company-building process from a D&I and hiring perspective. Madeline Kolbe Saltzman joins the firm, which raised $635 million across two new funds last year, from Handshake, where she was the VP of people and talent.

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“There’s a responsibility to guide the company and the founder to being the best they can be, and that involves paying attention to who you’re hiring and how people are being treated,” Saltzman tells TechCrunch. “If we can come in and establish inclusive norms, my hope is that our companies will scale inclusively as well.”

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Most venture capitalists are in regular communication with active investments. Early-stage investors, particularly, are very involved with building businesses, facilitating hires and scaling. But as they seek to decrease cash-burn or find product-market fit, VCs are not often very concerned with issues of diversity and inclusion, something that’s became increasingly important as companies are finally being held accountable for the diversity of their workforces.

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Permitting falsehood in political advertising would work if we had a model democracy, but we donu2019t. Not only are candidates dishonest, but voters arenu2019t educated, and the media isnu2019t objective. And now, hyperlinks turn lies into donations and donations into louder lies. The checks donu2019t balance. What we face is a self-reinforcing disinformation dystopia.

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That’s why if Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube don’t want to be the arbiters of truth in campaign ads, they should stop selling them. If they can’t be distributed safely, they shouldn’t be distributed at all.

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No one wants historically untrustworthy social networks becoming the honesty police, deciding what’s factual enough to fly. But the alternative of allowing deception to run rampant is unacceptable. Until voter-elected officials can implement reasonable policies to preserve truth in campaign ads, the tech giants should go a step further and refuse to run them.

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This problem came to a head recently when Facebook formalized its policy of allowing politicians to lie in ads and refusing to send their claims to third-party fact-checkers. “We donu2019t believe, however, that itu2019s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politicianu2019s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny,” Facebook’s VP of Policy Nick Clegg wrote.

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The Trump campaign was already running ads with false claims about Democrats trying to repeal the Second Amendment and weeks-long scams about a “midnight deadline” for a contest to win the one-millionth MAGA hat.

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After the announcement, Trump’s campaign began running ads smearing potential opponent Joe Biden with widely debunked claims about his relationship with Ukraine. Facebook, YouTube and Twitter refused to remove the ad when asked by Biden.

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In response to the policy, Elizabeth Warren is running ads claiming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endorses Trump because it’s allowing his campaign lies. Sheu2019s continued to press Facebook on the issue, stating u201cyou can be in the disinformation-for-profit business, or you can hold yourself to some standards.u201d

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It’s easy to imagine campaign ads escalating into an arms race of dishonesty.

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Campaigns could advertise increasingly untrue and defamatory claims about each other tied to urgent calls for donations. Once all sides are complicit in the misinformation, lying loses its stigma, becomes the status quo and ceases to have consequences. Otherwise, whichever campaign misleads more aggressively will have an edge.

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“In open democracies, voters rightly believe that, as a general rule, they should be able to judge what politicians say themselves,” Facebook’s Clegg writes.

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But as is emblematic of Facebook’s past mistakes, it’s putting too much idealistic faith in society. If all voters were well-educated and we weren’t surrounded by hyperpartisan media, from Fox News to far-left Facebook Pages, maybe this hands-off approach might work. But in reality, juicy lies spread further than boring truths, and plenty of “news” outlets are financially incentivized to share sensationalism and whatever keeps their team in power.

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Protecting the electorate should fall to legislators. But incumbents have few reasons to change the rules that got them their jobs. The FCC already has truth in advertising policies, but exempts campaign ads, and a judge struck down a law mandating accuracy.

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Granted, there have always been dishonest candidates, uninformed voters and one-sided news outlets. But it’s all gotten worse. We’re in a post-truth era now where the spoils won through deceptive demagoguery are clear. Cable news and digitally native publications have turned distortion of facts into a huge business.

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Most critically, targeted social network advertising combined with donation links create a perpetual misinformation machine. Politicians can target vulnerable demographics with frightening lies, then say only their financial contribution will let the candidate save them. A few clicks later and the candidate has the cash to buy more ads, amplifying more untruths and raising even more money. Without the friction of having to pick up the phone, mail a letter or even type in a URL like TV ads request, the feedback loop is shorter and things spiral out of control.

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Many countries, including the U.K., Ireland and the EU, ban or heavily restrict TV campaign ads. There’s plenty of precedent for policies keeping candidates’ money out of the most powerful communication mediums. Even Facebooku2019s Chinese competitor TikTok has banned political ads, saying they donu2019t fit with its u201cpositive, refreshing environment.u201d u00a0Rather than deal with the headaches, it dropped campaign promos entirely.

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Campaign commercials on U.S. television might need additional regulation, as well. However, the lack of direct connections to “Donate” buttons, microtargeting and rapid variable testing weaken their potential for abuse. Individual networks can refuse ads for containing falsehoods, as CNN recently did, without the same backlash over bias that an entity as powerful as Facebook receives.

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This is why the social networks should halt sales of political campaign ads now. They’re the one set of stakeholders with flexibility that could make a united decision. You’ll never get all the politicians and media to be honest, or the public to understand, but just a few companies could set a policy that would protect democracy. And they could do it without having to pick sides or make questionable decisions on a case-by-case basis. Just block them all from all candidates.

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Facebook wrote in response to Biden’s request to block the Trump ads that “Our approach is grounded in Facebook’s fundamental belief in free expression, respect for the democratic process, and the belief that, in mature democracies with a free press, political speech is already arguably the most scrutinized speech there is.”

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But banning campaign ads would still leave room for open political expression that’s subject to public scrutiny. Social networks should continue to let politicians say what they want to their own followers, barring calls for violence. Tech giants can offer a degree of freedom of speech, just not freedom of reach. Whoever wants to listen can, but they shouldn’t be able to jam misinformation into the feeds of the unsuspecting.

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If the tech giants want to stop short of completely banning campaign ads, they could introduce a format designed to minimize misinformation. Politicians could be allowed to simply promote themselves with a set of stock messages, but without the option to make claims about themselves or their opponents.

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Campaign ads aren’t a huge revenue driver for social apps, nor are they a high-margin business nowadays. The Trump and Clinton campaigns spent only a combined $81 million on 2016 election ads, a fraction of Facebook’s $27 billion in revenue that year. And $284 million was spent in total on 2018 midterm election ads versus Facebook’s $55 billion in revenue last year, says Tech For Campaigns. Zuckerberg even said that Facebook will lose money selling political ads because of all the moderators it hires to weed out election interference by foreign parties.

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Surely, there would be some unfortunate repercussions from blocking campaign ads. New candidates in local to national elections would lose a tool for reducing the lead of incumbents, some of which have already benefited from years of advertising. Some campaign ads might be pushed “underground,” where they’re not properly labeled, though the major spenders could be kept under watch.

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If the social apps can still offer free expression through candidates’ own accounts, aren’t reliant on politicians’ cash to survive, won’t police specific lies in their promos and would rather let the government regulate the situation, then they should respectfully decline to sell campaign advertising. Following the law isnu2019t enough until the laws adapt. This will be an ongoing issue through the 2020 election, and leaving the floodgates open is irresponsible.

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If a game is dangerous, you don’t eliminate the referee. You stop playing until you can play safe.

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Josh Constine is a technology journalist who specializes in deep analysis of social products. He is currently an Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch and is available for speaking engagements.

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Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook through its acquisition by WebMediaBrands, covering everything about the social network.

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Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

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Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

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Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has moderated over 120 on-stage interviews in 15 countries with leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via on-stage video conference), and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He is available to moderate panels and fireside chats, deliver keynotes, and judge hackathon and pitch competitions.

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Constine has been quoted by The Wall Street Journal, CNN Money, The Atlantic, BBC World Magazine, Slate, and more, plus has been featured on television on Good Morning, America, The Today Show, China Central Television, and Fox News. Constine is ranked as the #1 most cited tech journalist on prestigious news aggregator Techmeme.

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[Disclosures: Josh Constine temporarily advised a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was cleared with AOL and TechCrunch’s editors and has concluded. Constine’s fiancu00e9e Andee Gardiner co-founded startup accelerator Founders Embassy. Constine’s cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of influencer advertising startup Niche that was acquired by Twitter, and he’s since left and founded teen content studio Brat. Constine does not write about Founders Embassy or Brat. Constine has personal acquaintances stemming from college housing circa 2007 with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood, but does not maintain close social ties with them nor does that influence his writing. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences, but only those funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a small position in Ethereum and Bitcoin cryptocurrencies, does not day-trade, and discloses his positions directly in articles where appropriate. Constine does not do consulting, angel investing, or public stock trading beyond public stock invesments by his parents’ estate that he has no role in managing or advising.]

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Yawn. Political ads have been dishonest for years and years. Remember Paul Ryan pushing grandma off a cliff? Let’s not act like you really care about the truth. You want to be able to say what the truth is and then eliminate all voices who disagree. Climate change is the truth… goodbye voices of dissent. Any ad made by Trump is false… he cannot run ads anymore. I think you give the American people too little credit. People have seen these dishonest ads on tv and on the radio for years and years now, people pretty much know that they are biased B.S. This persistent march by the media and Tech Crunch to eliminate voices they disagree with by labeling things as untrue or racist, has got to stop.

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Why note cap political donations? In France, a company cannot donate to a political party and individual contributions are capped to USD 5,000. Problem solved.

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I work as a growth manager at a startup in India. I definitely agree that we should ban Facebook ads for political campaigns. At least you guys are analyzing the lies spread via hyper-targeted digital mediums. In India, Modi won the 2014 election with the highest ever spend on display, social & youtube ads. The spend was 10X higher during the 2019 Indian general elections. There were fake news articles & videos being circulated via Whatsapp forwards. The BJP had hired thousands of Whatsapp “volunteers” to spread nationalistic & right-wing
nmessages to targeted groups. Nobody is even talking about this in India, let alone trying to regulate it.

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Ugh…. Snowflake mentality. Wants to shut down the opponents’ voice while being allowed to speak as long as the sanctimonious left is the one with the mic. I used to be a democrat but am too embarrassed to be one today. These people actually want to end freedom of speech for all who don’t agree with them. Stop and think about that for a minute.

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We use legislation to enforce principled behavior. That’s the whole purpose of laws. Capitalism and the profit motive must always be subservient to core principles like truth, decency and human rights, or they’re worthless. Corporations are not obligated to act in a principled manner, but they are obligated to obey the law. Thus we legislate.

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“The only condition for evil to succeed is for good men or women to do nothing”

n

Edmund Burke

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This wouldn’t stop the lies by a long shot. It would just impact the social networks’ ability to profit from them. Much of the truth issues with the last election cycle wasn’t the political ads, it was the dumb masses of both sides using their personal accounts to spread wholly untrue “news” and “facts” from “news sites” that sprung up everywhere with no sourcing for their drivel. But if the “news story” matched Joe Schmo’s world view, he was more than happy to post or re-post it without checking any facts. Add to that the fact that Joe Schmo probably had (and still has) a friend/follow list almost exclusively composed of like minded individuals and that social networks like Facebook and Twitter further insisted (and still insist) on “curating” their feeds so they only see the stuff they think their users want and you get two very large left and right bubbles of people stuck in their own feedback loops.

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Consider something else too. The left has pretty much the entirety of the media on its side, the papers of record so to speak. They also have a plethora of online news sites on their side, many that masquerade as something innocuous like Tech Crunch or Kotaku (for video games). The right has talk radio and Fox news and a couple high profile conservative websites. So sure, the author can say don’t allow campaign ads on Facebook… because 90% of the media is already running with that ball. Shut down all political ads and you shut down a big mouthpiece of the right. So they couch the discussion as “this is in the interest of truth”, when really it’s about shutting down a huge campaign resource for the right.

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There is always going to be disagreement on information spread by one group or another. wespeak.com is a social media site that lets you filter out the information you don’t care to see so you are in control of what comes top on your social media pages.

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“…widely debunked” claims about Biden’s relationship with Ukraine? R U kidding? Biden’s on video bragging about it! And his son makes all that money in things he knows nothing about. I suppose we’re supposed to just give that a pass because he’s not Trump. Please…

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Even if you hate Trump, you have to stand up against this kind of thinking. That pendulum always swings back the other way, and then itll be your voice being silenced.

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Yawn. You’re equating the impact a local drug dealer might have to that of a multinational drug cartel. Social media has changed the game in the way ads are distributed. Reach is expansive and technology allows targeting of the most vulnerable and susceptible that just doesn’t exist on broadcast network television. Furthermore, your ‘everyone should recognize it now so it doesn’t matter’ POV is so asinine and makes so little sense that I can’t even believe I’m wasting energy typing this run on sentence out. And TechCrunch is not labeling things as untrue. Something is either true or it’s not. Truth is truth. Period. You and your ilk are trying to blur the lines of truth because facts often don’t agree with your interpretation of the facts (read: lies). It’s amazing that ‘truthiness’ is now a real thing. You guys (yes, you!) have become parodies of your own selves. Now run off and go KIK somewhere else, you immature man child of a nihilistic clown.

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These are private platforms. No one is being silenced. Unless of course you’re arguing that all cake shops should be required to make gay marriage cakes. Republicans love picking and choose when private companies are allowed to flex their private company muscles. “The Pendulum always swings back the other way, and then it will be straight cakes that are being silenced” It’s funny I can never imagine your kind making that argument.

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Herr Trigger is back with another terrible argument!
nWhat will he post on next?

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“Climate change is the truthu2026”, yes, yes it is.

n

“to eliminate voices they disagree with by labeling things as untrue” They ARE untrue. They are consistently, demonstrably untrue. Why do you not want to stop that?

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Herr Trigger – Russian troll.

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Jessop- that sounded like it was trying to be an argument, but fell flat. “Most vulnerable and susceptible”… just love throwing those words around, everyone’s a victim. Your ignoring the bigger argument by saying “truth is truth”. We dont have a media that searches for truth, we have a media that pushes an agenda, so my question remains… who determines what is the truth. Also, Facebook is not a private company, but yes they can do as they please. I was simply providing an argument for why this writer’s opinion is not the way to go.

n

Gareth- nothing to say, as usual, but insult someone who actually takes a stand.

n

Moustafa – “they are untrue”. Who the hell are they?

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Ed: that’s just mean…. no Russian writes in English as well as I do.

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This. All of this. There are plenty of examples. Look at TC heralding the knitting site Ravelry for not allowing any shows of support for the president on their site. They equivocated Trump to white supremacy and banned speech in favor of Trump for that reason. And that’s my point, the left wants the ability to label anything they disagree with as either untrue or racist. If they are able to make even half an argument that something is one of those two things, they’d love the power to ban it. Theres no good argument for this, and the 4 or 5 folks above who tried to shoot me down, prove that fact.

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This is an extremely insightful comment. It may be that the action of banning political ads from social platforms would be a generally beneficial move, but as a standalone act it will not solve the problem. For that we need other steps, and part of that is educating people on how disinformation / misinformation works. A cascade of lies, even if people know they are lies, still has an impact on the listener.

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Everytime I see those words ‘Widely Debunked’ I have to disagree with the entire premise of the argument being made, since they are clearly just another mouthpiece for the left. Stop trying to control free speech, politics, and dissenting points of view!!! How many times do we have to explain this to these ignorant online authors trying to ‘improve’ society!?

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Previously, Constine was the Lead Writer of Inside Facebook through its acquisition by WebMediaBrands, covering everything about the social network.

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Constine graduated from Stanford University in 2009 with a Master’s degree in Cybersociology, examining the influence of technology on social interaction. He researched the impact of privacy controls on the socialization of children, meme popularity cycles, and what influences the click through rate of links posted to Twitter.

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Constine also received a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Stanford University in 2007, with a concentration in Social Psychology & Interpersonal Processes.

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Josh Constine is an experienced public speaker, and has moderated over 120 on-stage interviews in 15 countries with leaders including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whistleblower Edward Snowden (via on-stage video conference), and U.S. Senator Cory Booker. He is available to moderate panels and fireside chats, deliver keynotes, and judge hackathon and pitch competitions.

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[Disclosures: Josh Constine temporarily advised a college friend’s social location-sharing startup codenamed ‘Signal’ that was based in San Francisco before dissolving in 2015. This advising role was cleared with AOL and TechCrunch’s editors and has concluded. Constine’s fiancu00e9e Andee Gardiner co-founded startup accelerator Founders Embassy. Constine’s cousin Darren Lachtman is the founder of influencer advertising startup Niche that was acquired by Twitter, and he’s since left and founded teen content studio Brat. Constine does not write about Founders Embassy or Brat. Constine has personal acquaintances stemming from college housing circa 2007 with founders at Skybox Imaging (now Terra Bella), Hustle, Snapchat, and Robinhood, but does not maintain close social ties with them nor does that influence his writing. Constine occasionally does paid speaking engagements at conferences, but only those funded by companies he does not cover. Constine owns a small position in Ethereum and Bitcoin cryptocurrencies, does not day-trade, and discloses his positions directly in articles where appropriate. Constine does not do consulting, angel investing, or public stock trading beyond public stock invesments by his parents’ estate that he has no role in managing or advising.]

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