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October 5, 2018

FaceBook Blocked Many Gay Theme Ads As Part of Their new Ad Policy










The advertisements all seemed innocuous at a glance.
A ribald sendup of fairy tales hosted by a comedian in Los Angeles. A Spanish-language social group for Latino men, sponsored by a community center in Las Vegas. And a list of senior-friendly housing options distributed by a nonprofit group in Texas.
But they were all blocked by Facebook. The company’s system, which uses automated and human monitors, determined that the advertisements were “political,” though they did not involve advocacy or any explicitly political views.
The common thread between them all? LGBT themes.
The Washington Post found dozens of advertisements mentioning LGBT themes and words that the company blocked for supposedly being political, according to a public database Facebook keeps.
The rejections, the majority of which Facebook told The Post were in error, underscore the company’s challenges in regulating the massive amount of information flowing through its service, an issue that burst into the fore after the disclosure that Russian-state actors used advertisements on Facebook to sow discord during the 2016 U.S. election. But they also touch on a deeper tension as the company seeks to better regulate political uses of its platform. Though Facebook has taken pains to appear neutral, the censorship of LGBT ads, however inadvertent, points to the company’s difficulty in finding a middle ground in a tense national climate where policy increasingly hinges on fundamental questions about race and identity. 
Many LGBT advertisers told The Post that they were upset by the way their ads had been targeted by the company.
David Kilmnick, the chief executive of the LGBT Network, a Long Island-based nonprofit, said his organization has seen about 15 advertisements blocked as political since the spring or early summer, around the time that Facebook officially changed its policy. That was when the majority of the dozen or so organizations and people interviewed by The Post said that they began to experience issues with LGBT content.
Kilmnick said he was at first confused about why the group’s advertisements — for events such as the Long Island Pride Parade, a beach concert, a pride-themed night at a New York Mets baseball game and a LGBT youth prom it puts on — were blocked. But as the rejections began to pile up, so did Kilmnick’s suspicions. 
“We were completely targeted simply because we were LGBT,” he said, “for what we’re advertising — ads that promote our programs that help support the community and celebrate pride. There’s nothing political about that."
Marsha Bonner, a motivational LGBT speaker, described a similar experience when an ad of hers for an NAACP-sponsored conference about the state of LGBTQ people of color was blocked in July, a first in years of advertising on the social media platform.
Other ads The Post found that were blocked for political reasons included a clothing company for survivors of sexual assault that advertised that its clothing “empowers men, women, gender-neutral”; a promotion for the ride-hailing company Lyft to raise money with the San Diego LGBT Community Center in advance of Pride Week; an LGBTQ night at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in California; and an LGBT-themed tourist expedition to Antarctica. 
Facebook declined to explain how the filtering process works and how much of the filtering was driven by algorithms rather than human monitors.
Facebook’s new policies require those seeking to promote posts on political topics and candidates to register with the company and mandate that the ads include information about their funding, or the advertisements will be blocked. If these companies had taken the steps to register as political entities with Facebook, a process that requires a driver’s license or passport, a personal home address and the last four digits of a Social Security number, then the ads would have been permitted.
But many people The Post spoke to said they didn’t know they had the option to register. Others said that they felt registering as political would be dishonest to their organization’s mission. And most questioned the meaning inherent in requiring an LGBT group to register as political on the basis of such an existential question about identity. 
Some of the groups said they were wary of providing their or other employees’ personal information to register with Facebook.
Overall, confusion about the social media network’s process made the problem more unsettling. Facebook’s policies spell out some of the reasons it flags ads on hot-button political issues, but the list — which includes subjects such as abortion, civil rights, guns, Social Security, the military, terrorism and taxes — says nothing about LGBT culture.

Facebook said that this ad, for a LGBTQ+ night at a county fair in Northern California, had been wrongly blocked for being "political." (Facebook image) (Rosenberg, Eli)
The experience of Thomas Garguilo, a retiree in New York who operates a page dedicated to the history of the Stonewall Inn, a national landmark, reflects the company’s confusing treatment of LGBT-themed ads. Garguilo said that so many of his ads have gotten blocked by Facebook that he has stopped using the words “LGBT” or “gay” in his language on the service. 
“It’s ludicrous. And Orwellian,” he said.
His frustration turned to anger after he wrote the company about an ad that he wanted to run, a post about a panel discussion with an LGBT radio station in Washington, on the history of Stonewall. Without the audience that would have come from paying Facebook to boost the ad, the post had been shown to only 156 out of his Stonewall Revival page’s 3,000 followers.
A Facebook employee in the company’s Global Marketing Solutions division wrote him back to explain why the company viewed the ad as political.
“Thanks for the email now after reviewing the screenshots you have provided, it mentions LGBT which would fall under the category of civil rights which is a political topic,” the Facebook employee wrote back, according to copies of the correspondence provided to The Post. “You would need to be authorized to run ads with this content.”
Another employee confirmed Facebook’s decision in a follow-up email, also telling Garguilo that the company considered “LGBT content” to be political.

Two Facebook employees told Thomas Garguilo that advertisements that mentioned "LGBT" were considered political, according to emails he shared with The Post. (Thomas Garguilo) (Screen shot by Thomas Garguilo)
In an email response to an inquiry from The Post, Facebook said that the majority of the advertisements cited in this story had been wrongfully blocked, but it declined to explain why they had been filtered in the first place. It said that it was not intentionally blocking LGBT advertisements. 
“The ones that were incorrectly labeled have been removed from the archive and we apologize for the error,” the company said in a statement distributed by spokeswoman Devon Kearns. “We do not consider all ads that relate to LGBT under this policy, but rather only those that advocate for various policies or political positions, which several of these ads do."
Kearns also offered an apology to Garguilo but did not explain why the company had sent him the same response twice. “We apologize for the confusion we caused this person by incorrectly telling them their ad was political,” she said.

The ad, for a screening of "Selena" from the Los Angeles LGBT Center, was also determined to be "political." (Facebook image) (Rosenberg, Eli)
There are signs that Facebook’s political filtering has spread to other ads that refer to identity groups. These include an advertisement for a trash pickup at a riverbed in California that noted: “Maybe you are Caucasian, African American, Native American, Latino, Asian, Two-spirit. Maybe you are Christian, Buddhist, Muslim, or atheist.” (Facebook told The Post that it filtered the ad because it briefly mentioned a 50-year-old piece of environmental legislation, the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.) Other ads apparently hit by the filters include a celebration of Nigerian Independence Day in Houston, a “Taco Tuesday” at a Mexican restaurant in Florida, a street fair in Chicago with “Mexican and Latin” street food and a post with facts about Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. 
Other groups have also complained that they have been unjustly targeted by Facebook’s political-advertising restrictions, including nonpartisan veterans groups and news media companies, many of which may write about and cover political issues but are not politically affiliated with any group or cause. And some clearly political ads — including those for senators and advocacy groups — have made it through without being flagged.

Facebook initially determined that this ad, for a "Taco Tuesday" at a Mexican food restaurant, was political. (Facebook image) (Rosenberg, Eli)
Theresa Lucero, a coordinator at the Community Counseling Center of Southern Nevada, a Las Vegas-based nonprofit that offers services such as HIV testing and counseling, said that the group has been having particular trouble getting ads approved, for things such as a gay social group it organizes, if the advertisements are in Spanish. When it has posted the same ads in English, they’ve gone through, Lucero said.
Kelly Freter, the director of marketing and communications at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, said the organization had seen seven to 10 ads for events and awareness campaigns blocked since mid-June. 
“We can’t get a clear answer about why things are being blocked or someone to follow up with us about how we register as an organization,” Freter said. One of the center’s blocked ads that was reviewed by The Post was an invitation to celebrate the life of singer Selena Quintanilla-Pérez with a screening of the movie starring Jennifer Lopez.
“The bigger concern from us is that we’re unable to reach people in the community,” Freter said.

Another ad, a list of LGBT-friendly housing for seniors, was also deemed to be political by Facebook. (Facebook image) (Rosenberg, Eli)
Kearns pointed to the company’s work with the LGBT community, noting that about 8 percent of Facebook employees have identified as LGBTQ in a survey. The company has given users the option to select genders beyond male and female since 2014, and it joined amicus briefs filed with the Supreme Court in 2015 to support the legalization of same-sex marriage. Facebook also works with advocacy organizations to address issues such as anti-LGBT bullying.
Many of the groups' administrators said their experience had given them a sour impression of the company, though most said there were few alternatives for getting their message out to wide groups of people.
“Why is this community considered a political community?” Bonner, the motivational speaker, said in an interview with The Post. “Immigrants are political. LGBT is now political. African Americans are political. Asian Americans are political. Where does this stop when all we’re trying to do is live our lives?” 

August 26, 2018

FaceBook Targeted Young Gays with Conversion Therapy Ads!


 
Facebook targeted young LGBTQ people with ads and videos touting “sexual purity” and gay “cures” that could turn them straight.
The Telegraph reported on several conversion therapy ads appearing recently in the feeds of queer Facebook users in the UK. When they clicked on the “Why am I seeing this ad?” button on the ads, the members were told it was because Facebook saw they were interested in “gender issues.” 
Facebook targeted one lesbian with a video called “Homosexuality Was My Identity,” aimed at promoting conversion therapy, because she had “liked” LGBTQ pages.
“I don’t know why Facebook has permitted this group to target LGBTQ people, who have intentionally sought out community and education amongst peers, for shaming and hatred masked as love,” the woman, Tessa Ann Schwarz, told the Telegraph. Schwarz flagged the video (below) and told Facebook it was “really upsetting.” 
 The video was produced by an online evangelical group calling itself Anchored North. Started by three twentysomethings with backgrounds in marketing, Anchored North bills itself as “using media and evangelism to reach the lost with the gospel in a way that has never been done before.”
“Just as a missionary goes abroad to reach the unreached, Anchored North is going to the mission field of the internet to reach the 1.6 billion online video viewers with the gospel and connect them with local churches.”
Another ad sent to a young gay man promoted the book Evangelical Man, Same-Sex Attraction, which touts celibacy as a means to achieve “sexual purity and sexual peace.”
Facebook targeted
“There was nothing overtly homophobic about the ad I saw itself,” admitted Alistair Ryder, “but it was written in a way to try to appeal to people who may be depressed or self loathing due to their sexuality.”
Of course, Facebook has come under major criticism for the way its algorithms deliver ads and other content, especially for promoting misleading, manipulative or outright fraudulent posts.
The company’s advertiser policy forbids ads “that discriminates against, harasses, provokes or disparages people,” but the social media giant still struggles to vet the massive volume of ads it receives. And advertisers have become savvy about framing their content to avoid being flagged. Often its left to users to let the site know when something is harassing or predatory. Critics say that’s not good enough.
“Targeted advertising is aggressive and manipulative, using personal and private information to exploit people’s innermost fears, desires and prejudices,” Griff Ferris of the UK civil rights group Big Brother Watch told the Telegraph. “Therefore it must be restricted to protect people’s rights.”
A Facebook representative says the specific gay cure ads referenced by the Telegraph are no longer on the site.

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 This Ridiculous New Study Is Still Trying to Prove Conversion Therapy Actually Works

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Anti-gay groups are crowing over a “new” study that proves so-called ex-gay conversion therapy really works. There are only four problems with this study: (1) It’s based on old data from 2011, (2) its flawed methodology proves nothing, (3) two of its main authors include a non-certified psychologist and a “semi-retired earth scientist” and (4) it was published in a journal with the goal of upholding the Catholic faith. Nice try, fellas.
Read the full story here.


July 17, 2018

Ads From Franklyn Graham Pulled on UK DoubleDecker Buses After Backlash






 Blackpool Transport has decided to remove the adverts promoting the controversial Festival of Hope at the Winter Gardens after a public backlash 




Bus chiefs have scrapped adverts promoting a controversial preacher’s visit to Blackpool after a public backlash. Banner adverts have appeared on Blackpool Transport’s Palladium fleet promoting the Festival of Hope at the Winter Gardens, which will feature American evangelist Franklin Graham in September. 

Franklin Graham Blackpool Pride canceled its two-day festival booking at the Winter Gardens, held in June, in protest at Graham’s appearance while MPs Gordon Marsden and Paul Maynard urged then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd to investigate whether Graham should be denied a visa. In 2014, Graham suggested the devil is behind LGBT rights and activism, saying ‘when he [the President] fails to defend biblically defined marriage, and he openly and zealously advocates for gay rights... we know we are locked in a war against the Christian faith, not culture’. He added: “The architect behind this offensive is none other than Satan himself.” 

He has also been accused of making anti-Islamic comments. A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “Blackpool Transport has recently been made aware of an advert in place on the side of some of our double-decker buses.

 “In light of customer feedback and reactions on social media which has resulted in heightened tension, we have taken the decision to remove all adverts relating to the ‘Time for Hope’ Festival with immediate effect.

 We will reimburse any income back to the advertising company. “We work with multiple advertisers and third-parties and in no way do we endorse or support any advertisement which is placed on our vehicles. Jane Cole, Managing Director at Blackpool Transport, said “The removal of these adverts is as a result of us listening and acting on customer and public feedback which we aim to do at all times. “Blackpool Transport is a proud ongoing supporter of the Pride and LGBT+ communities and in no way did we intend to cause any distress or upset.” “All buses carrying the advert will remain off the road until they have been removed. The Festival of Hope event is due to take place on September 21-23. 


March 30, 2017

A Mechanical Fish Gay? Only in Australia

Australians think this mechanical fish is gay. They think the voices is for sure gay. It has been allowed but not before a fight.


Let me show it to you thanks to YouTube:

October 2, 2012

Good Doggie Bad Mitt, Mutts Vs. Mitt

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You think you're upset over how Mitt Romney's been smack-talking about the poor. Dog lovers across the Bay Area are even more disturbed by the way he treats pups.

Because this is the Bay Area, where people like dogs more than kids, a group of canines and their owners are planning to gather at the dog sanctuary of Point Isabel this weekend to protest Romney's treatment of his Irish Settler, Seamus. As Obama noted this election season, the adorable family pup rode in a carrier which was strapped on top of the Romney's Chevrolet during the family's 12-hour drive to Canada.
  

While the Romneys relaxed up front, Seamus was apparently stressed out by the family vacation, enough so that he got sick in his carrier. Romney defended his actions to a Boston Globe reporter, explaining that he had no clue it was illegal to tie your pup to the top of a car while driving on the highway.



Well, the Good Dog, Bad Romney folks are here to help educate the Republican presidential candidate and anyone else who believes strapping their dog on top of a moving car is a good idea.The crew plans to walk the paths at the Richmond-based park on Saturday morning, passing out information about dog safety, and T-shirts, of course.

But more importantly, they'll be out there reminding folks to bark for Barack come Election Day.

Woof.


 
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March 9, 2012

The Anti-Hate Ad MSNBC Won’t Show } Video


 

A new spot takes the Family Research Council's leader to task for demonizing gays -- but the network won't show it

  
Still from Faithful America's video
This originally appeared on AlterNet.
For the longest time, many of us have been raising hell over the fact that MSNBC hosts hate-group leader Tony Perkins (the Family Research Council)as authoritative voice without asking him about his organization’s history of lying in order to demonize the LGBT community.
Well now Faithful America has come out with an awesome ad which best speaks to the point. Only MSNBC rejected this ad. Therefore, I guess it’s up to us to spread its message:
My guess is that Perkins will whine about how supposedly the left is trying to silence him and other people of faith. In actuality, I don’t want him silenced. I want there to be a conversation about the entire issue.
And the first place we should start is with the charges in the ad.
PLEASE spread it around. Let’s make this thing very viral!

January 22, 2012

David Beckham Stripping to Underwear for H&M Super Bowl ad

   
by Jim Buzinski.
This is looking to be a fairly gay Super Bowl. Madonna is doing the halftime show and now comes news that gay icon David Beckham will be in his underwear as part of an ad by fashion retailer H&M.
Beckham and his in-house creative team helped to design the collection, comprised of briefs, boxers, T-shirts, pajamas, vests and long johns. The line will be available at 1,800 H&M stores and online beginning Feb. 2, 2012.
“Working with a team has always been a key part of my life and I found that to be the same when developing this range. Collectively with my design team we spent time working on the feel, fit and style to ensure the product is not only something I would wear but one which I would be proud to put my name to,” David said in a statement. “I always want to challenge myself and this was such a rewarding experience for me. I’m very happy with the end result and I hope H&M’s male customers will be as excited as I am.”
Beckham, 36, has announced he will be coming back to play for the L.A. Galaxy in Major League Soccer.
He wont be stripping like the following pics because he has already done so every where. He love to show and I have not heard any guy or girl complaint yet. AF*




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