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In the age of social media, Twitter is one of the primary ways governments and politicians speak to their constituents–and how they can potentially spread propaganda. Following a similar move by Facebook, Twitter will soon begin to label accounts strongly associated with governments. Twitter is providing two distinct labels: One for “key government officials, including foreign ministers, institutional entities, ambassadors, official spokespeople, and key diplomatic leaders.” The company says it’s focusing primarily on senior officials and other amplified voices One for “state-affiliated media entities, their editors-in-chief, and/or their senior staff “ If you click on one of the labels, you’ll… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Twitter
Mark Zuckerberg's fortune surpassed $100 billion after Facebook launched its TikTok competitor in the US. That makes the tech titan only the third current centi-billionaire on Earth. In June, advertisers including Verizon, Honda, and Ben & Jerry's boycotted Facebook over the social network's lack of hate-speech moderation. The boycott briefly sunk both Facebook's share price and CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth. Zuckerberg drives an affordable car and wears basic clothes, but appears to splurge on real estate, buying houses and then buying the surrounding properties for privacy.  Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are generous philanthropists, investing billions in childhood education and medical research that they hope will cure all diseases in their children's lifetimes.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Mark Zuckerberg is richer than he's ever been. Facebook's shares are on a tear after the company launched a new Instagram feature that will compete with TikTok in the US. The move propelled Zuckerberg's personal net worth over $100 million for the first time. Before the announcement, Zuckerberg had been having a tough summer. Zuckerberg faced fierce criticism for refusing to moderate Facebook posts in which President Trump called civil rights protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote "when the looting starts, the shooting starts" in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. As a result, civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook. Many agreed, sending both Facebook's share price and Zuckerberg's net worth into a freefall. Keep reading to learn more about how the Facebook cofounder makes and spends his centibillion-dollar fortune.SEE ALSO: A day in the life of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who works up to 60 hours a week and has a squad of 12 employees to help him with social media DON'T MISS: The richest families in the world, ranked In May 2012, eight years after its founding, Facebook debuted on the New York Stock Exchange. At the time, it was the biggest technology IPO in history. Source: Business Insider Each year since the IPO, Zuckerberg has added an average of $9 billion to his net worth. Source: Fortune Despite his status as one of the richest tech moguls, the Harvard dropout leads a low-key lifestyle with his wife, Priscilla Chan, and their two young daughters. Like many other Silicon Valley stalwarts, Zuckerberg favors a uniform. Though casual in appearance, his signature gray T-shirts and hoodies are designed by luxury brands and are reportedly much more expensive than they look, retailing for hundreds and even thousands of dollars. Source: Business Insider, GQ Zuckerberg is known for driving relatively inexpensive cars. He's been seen in an Acura TSX, and a Honda Fit, all of which are valued at or under $30,000. Sources: Business Insider, CNBC He's also been spotted driving a black Volkswagen Golf GTI, a car that he bought well into making his fortune. It's a car that would cost about $30,000 when new. Source: Business Insider But that's not to say he hasn't dropped serious cash on at least one sports car: an Italian Pagani Huayra that sells for about $1.3 million. Source: Business Insider; Yahoo There's one thing Zuckerberg doesn't seem to mind splurging on: real estate. In May 2011, he bought a 5,000-square-foot home — which he's since tricked out with a "custom-made artificially intelligent assistant" — in Palo Alto for $7 million. Source: San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC The next year, Zuckerberg began buying the properties surrounding his home, spending more than $30 million to acquire four homes, with plans to level them and rebuild. Source: San Francisco Chronicle, CNBC He also owns a townhouse in the Mission District of San Francisco. He bought the 5,500-square-foot home in 2013 and proceeded to make over $1 million in renovations, including adding a greenhouse and remodeling the kitchen. Source: Curbed San Francisco In 2014, the billionaire's real-estate portfolio jumped the Pacific when he spent $100 million on two properties on the island of Kauai: the Kahu'aina Plantation, a 357-acre former sugarcane plantation, and Pila'a Beach, a 393-acre property with a white-sand beach. Source: Business Insider, Forbes Zuckerberg said he and Chan bought the land because they're "dedicated to preserving its natural beauty." Source: Business Insider, Forbes According to Zuckerberg's Facebook page, the property's farm is home to goats and turtles. "Our farm animals are ridiculous," he captioned the photo below. More recently, he dished out on two lakefront properties on Lake Tahoe, which cost a combined $59 million. One of the houses, called the Brushwood Estate, is 5,233 square feet and on six acres. The property features a guest house and a private dock. Source: Business Insider, SF Gate Between his two Lake Tahoe properties, he owns about 600 feet of private shoreline on Lake Tahoe's west shore. Source: Business Insider, SF Gate   When Zuckerberg buys properties, he tends to buy the other homes surrounding it for privacy reasons, just like he has done in Palo Alto. Source: Business Insider   Privacy is likely the same reason that he bought the second home — and was reportedly in talks to buy a third — in Lake Tahoe. Source: Business Insider Zuckerberg doesn't appear to travel much for pleasure. But when he does travel, Facebook foots the bill. Zuckerberg's security detail and transportation cost the company nearly $5 million in 2015. Source: Business Insider However, he does occasionally get to spend time with his family while traveling. Zuckerberg and Chan met with the pope in the Vatican and reportedly gave the pope a model Facebook drone. Source: Business Insider Zuckerberg used over $1 million in Facebook funds for personal travel in 2018, making it his most expensive year yet. While in Europe, he posted about celebrating his seventh anniversary with Chan at the Parthenon in Athens. Source: Facebook In May 2019, he visited Paris to meet with French president Emmanuel Macron. Sources: Business Insider, Bloomberg The costs to protect Zuckerberg rose to over $7 million in 2017, after he spent the summer traversing America as part of his personal goal to visit every US state in a year. Source: Business Insider On his whirlwind tour around the US, the CEO dined with a family at their home in Ohio, met with former opioid addicts, worked on an assembly line at a Ford factory, met with members of the military, and even fed a calf. Source: Business Insider In 2018, Facebook approved a record-high $10 million annual security budget for Zuckerberg for bodyguards, security measures for his houses, and private aircraft. Source: Business Insider Zuckerberg has complete control over Facebook's future, thanks to his majority voting rights. Facebook's stock price rose 2% after the FTC announced approval of the social media giant's $5 billion privacy settlement. Source: Business Insider Ultimately, opulence and luxury are just a blip on Zuckerberg's radar. In fact, his main priority is giving his money away, rather than spending it. Zuckerberg is a member of the Giving Pledge, joining Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and over 100 other billionaires vowing to donate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy. He plans to sell 99% of his Facebook shares during his lifetime. Source: Business Insider Zuckerberg said in September 2017 that he planned to sell 35 to 75 million shares over the next 18 months to fund the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, totaling between $6 billion and $12 billion. Source: Business Insider The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is a philanthropic organization Zuckerberg founded with his wife in 2015 focused on "personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people, and building strong communities." Source: Business Insider In 2017, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative partnered with housing startup Landed, giving $5 million to help at least 60 teachers in Redwood City and East Palo Alto, California, purchase real estate. Source: Business Insider The couple's charitable initiative is invested in tackling both local and global issues. In 2016, Zuckerberg and Chan invested $3 billion into research focused on curing the world's diseases by the end of the century. Source: Business Insider In an in-depth interview with the The New Yorker in late 2018, Zuckerberg said people in Silicon Valley react to his pledge to cure all diseases in one of two ways: "A bunch of people have the reaction of 'Oh, that's obviously going to happen on its own — why don't you just spend your time doing something else?' And then a bunch of people have the reaction of 'Oh, that seems almost impossible — why are you setting your sights so high?'" Sources: The New Yorker, Business Insider In order to accomplish this lofty goal, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative launched a $3 billion nonprofit called Biohub to start looking into the cure of disease, including research on genomics, infectious diseases, and implantable devices. Source: Business Insider The scientists their nonprofit employed have started a study of brain-machine devices, including one called the Wand, which is an implant they say can help limit the symptoms of diseases like Parkinson's and epilepsy. Source: Business Insider Zuckerberg believes that his nonprofit will help speed up research to cure disease, and says that in the future, "We'll basically have been able to manage or cure all of the major things that people suffer from and die from today. Based on the data that we already see, it seems like there's a reasonable shot." Source: Business Insider Zuckerberg's leadership hasn't always been popular, however. Source: Business Insider, Business Insider Zuckerberg faced outrage from his employees and Facebook users alike after refusing to moderate Trump's posts, where the president called civil rights protesters "thugs" and suggested violence against them by writing "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." One employee of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative even asked Zuckerberg to resign if the billionaire didn't moderate the posts. Source: Business Insider, Business Insider Led by civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, and Anti-Defamation League, Facebook advertisers revolted too, pulling their ad spending from Facebook in a coordinated boycott beginning in July. The growing boycott wiped $9.6 billion off Zuckerberg's net worth between June 23 and June 28. The Hershey Co., Unilever, Verizon, Honda, Birchbox, Ben & Jerry's, The North Face, REI, and Patagonia have all signed on, vowing to withhold their ad dollars from the social networking site. "We invest billions of dollars each year to keep our community safe and continuously work with outside experts to review and update our policies," Facebook said in a statement regarding the boycott. "We've opened ourselves up to a civil rights audit, and we have banned 250 white supremacist organizations from Facebook and Instagram." "The investments we have made in AI mean that we find nearly 90% of Hate Speech we action before users report it to us, while a recent EU report found Facebook assessed more hate speech reports in 24 hours than Twitter and YouTube," the statement continued. "We know we have more work to do, and we'll continue to work with civil rights groups, GARM, and other experts to develop even more tools, technology and policies to continue this fight." Source: Business Insider, Bloomberg Billionaires Index Facebook's tide started to turn on August 6, when the launch of a new Instagram feature design to compete with TikTok sent both the company's share price and Zuckerberg's net worth to new heights. The move caused Zuckerberg's net worth to exceed $100 million for the first time, and makes him only the third centibillionaire currently on Earth. Source: Bloomberg
Jake Paul is a 23-year-old YouTube star who got his start on video-sharing app Vine. The former Disney Channel actor has nearly 20 million subscribers on YouTube, where he posts vlogs and pranks. Paul appeared to marry fellow YouTuber Tana Mongeau in 2019, but it was later revealed that the marriage was fake.  The FBI raided Paul's Calabasas, California mansion on Wednesday as part of an ongoing investigation into unspecified "criminal acts" regarding Paul's May visit to a Scottsdale, Arizona, mall, an agency spokesperson said.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Jake Paul, 23, is one-half of the Paul brothers, two of the most recognizable and controversial YouTube stars. Paul garnered online fame on Vine before even graduating high school, and found early notoriety as a star on Disney Channel.  Since then, Paul has gained millions of followers across social media who watch his outlandish pranks and vlogs, often featuring his many friends and collaborators in his Calabasas, California, mansion.  Forbes estimated in 2017 that he was worth $11.5 million. But his career has also been marked by a string of controversies. Most recently, Paul's mansion was raided by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation related to his presence at an Arizona mall in May that was looted and vandalized. Law enforcement officers seized several guns from the property, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department confirmed to Insider.  Here's everything you need to know about YouTube star Jake Paul:SEE ALSO: Logan Paul reveals his plans to become a professional boxer, release a music album, and try out TikTok in the future Jake Paul was born on January 17, 1997, and grew up in a suburb of Cleveland with his parents and older brother (and fellow YouTuber), Logan. Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer The two brothers started making videos as children after their father gave them a video camera one year for Christmas. Jake, who was 10 at the time, said he and his brother would film "comedic bits" around the house. "We were posting them to YouTube and just generally having a good time, and the people at school thought we were funny," he told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer in 2016.   As a sophomore in high school, Jake Paul joined the wrestling team. He got "really serious" about it, and video making with his brother took a back seat. Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer However, that changed when the video-sharing app Vine came out in 2012. Paul said he downloaded it "the first day it came out," and he gradually rose in popularity on the app. By the time Vine shut down in early 2017, Paul had 5.3 million followers and nearly 2 billion video plays. Source: Insider, Cleveland Plain-Dealer "We didn't care what people thought. We were the loud brothers from Cleveland, kind of crazy, and that made us relatable," Paul said in a 2016 interview. "We were in the right place at the right time, and we were making more money than our parents before we knew it." Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer When it came time for his senior year of high school, the younger Paul brother decided to finish his diploma online and move to Los Angeles with his older brother. "We knew we had to move to Los Angeles if we wanted to pursue this as a full-time thing," Jake Paul said. "We immediately started taking acting and improv classes and making connections, while still doing the video thing." Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer Paul's first film role came thanks to YouTube: He was cast in "Dance Camp," a movie the platform debuted on its paid streaming subscription service, YouTube Red. He also scored small roles in films like "Mono" and "Airplane Mode," in which his brother was the main character. Source: Mashable, Cleveland Plain-Dealer Paul entered the mainstream when he was cast in 2015 as the main character in a Disney Channel show called "Bizaardvark." Paul said his character, Dirk Mann, was "a perfect fit" for him. In the show, Dirk was an online video star that hosted a channel where he performed crazy stunts and challenges. Source: Cleveland Plain-Dealer As his acting career took off, Paul formed Team 10, a group of social media influencers that he essentially took under his wing to make content with and groom into even bigger stars. The earliest members of Team 10 members included social media stars like Alissa Violet, and Lucas and Marcus Dobre. Team 10 moved into an $18,000-a-month rented house in Los Angeles' Beverly Grove neighborhood in August 2016. Source: Hollywood Reporter Alongside acting, Paul continued to create content on YouTube, where his channel now has over 20 million subscribers. His channel hosts videos of over-the-top stunts, wild vlogs, and Jackass-style challenges. One of his earliest attention-grabbing stunts took place when he was invited to the White House in January 2017 for a social media event, along with other online stars. Paul proceeded to sneak away from the crowd, hideout for hours in the White House bathroom, and sneak out in the middle of the night without being caught by security. Source: The Sun That same month, on his 20th birthday, Paul officially unveiled TeamDom, a creative talent agency aimed at helping influencers grow their audience and secure brand deals. Paul announced TeamDom had raised $1 million in venture capital, and Team 10 as the agency's talent roster. Source: TechCrunch It didn't take long before Team 10 started to get more attention — but not the positive kind. Team 10 member Alissa Violet was kicked out of the squad's house in early 2017 after Paul publicly accused her of cheating on him, and a feud between the former couple ensued across social media. Source: Seventeen In July 2017, neighbors living around the Team 10 house complained that Paul had turned their quiet community into a "living hell" and "war zone," and that it was frequently invaded by screaming teenage fans because Paul publicized his address online. Source: KTLA Neighbors were debating whether to file a class-action public nuisance lawsuit against him, but Paul and Team 10 had moved out of the neighborhood and into a new home in Calabasas by October 2017 (pictured below). That didn't stop the landlord of the former Team 10 house from filing a $2.5 million lawsuit against the YouTuber in 2018 for allegedly trashing the rented house. Source: KTLA, Tubefilter Paul felt the fallout from the incident with the Team 10 house and its neighbors. Disney announced that Paul would not return to his role on "Bizaardvark" for the second season. "At this point in time I am wanting to focus more on my personal brand, my YouTube channel, business ventures, growing Team 10, and working on more adult acting roles," Paul wrote on Twitter. Source: Variety Beyond Team 10, Paul has also ventured into music and has released a flurry of songs over the years. One the music videos for his song called "It's Everyday Bro" is the third-most-disliked video on YouTube, with over 4.4 million thumbs downvotes. Source: Business Insider Paul's music has also been a source of controversy. In a video leaked in January 2018, Paul dropped the n-word twice while freestyle rapping. A source told TMZ at the time that Paul had "matured a lot" since the video was recorded. Source: TMZ Around this time, Paul started dating YouTuber and model Erika Costell. Costell was briefly Team 10's chief operating officer after the former COO left in May 2018. The couple broke up at the end of 2018, and Costell also departed from Team 10. Source: Crunchbase, Famous Birthdays Team 10 is no longer the influencer collective it once was. Over the years, members have come and gone amid controversial management, relationships, and drama. Two transgender YouTubers said they were kicked out of the Team 10 house after a video editor told them they weren't "real girls." The YouTube channel and Instagram page for Team 10 have not been active since September 2019. The group's Instagram bio reads: "who will leave next? stay tuned!!!!!!!"  Instagram Embed: // Width: 540px   Paul drew negative attention in 2019 for actions both on and off of YouTube. Paul was criticized for advertising "mystery boxes" on his channel derided as scams, and was reportedly the subject of a police investigation related to allegations that a woman was drugged at a party held at Paul's Team 10 house in May 2019.  Source: Insider, Business Insider In 2019, fans followed Paul along his wild ride of a relationship with fellow YouTuber, Tana Mongeau. The couple started dating in May 2019 in what many speculated was a joke. The couple maintained that their love was real.  Source: Insider The following month, Paul proposed to Mongeau on her 21st birthday. He also bought her a car worth more than $120,000 to celebrate. The sudden engagement sparked even further rumors that the relationship was inauthentic. Source: Business Insider Paul and Mongeau got married in July 2019 in a Las Vegas wedding that reportedly cost $500,000. Photos of the wedding showed Paul, Mongeau, and their friends flying in on a private jet, a brawl breaking out seconds after the couple was pronounced husband and wife, and Paul cutting the wedding cake with a "Game of Thrones" replica sword. Source: Business Insider It's since come out that Paul and Mongeau's marriage isn't legally binding on paper, but they insisted that the love between them was real. Paul later revealed that the couple was "open." "Any wedding I have, if I have three more f---ing weddings, I really wouldn't want to do it on paper because I think that legally binding yourself to someone takes away the love," Mongeau said. Mongeau released a YouTube video on December 29 where she hinted that her and Paul's relationship had gone downhill since their wedding night — which she called "just hell." Days later, the couple announced they were "taking a break" from their relationship "to focus on our own very crazy lives." In an Instagram post, Paul wrote: "This is bitter sweet but it's what's best for us right now." The two remain close friends.  Source: Insider Paul has continued to fight in boxing matches. Paul, who wrestled in high school, has followed in his older brother's footsteps by participating in various boxing boxes. He is currently preparing for a match against Nate Robinson, a former NBA player, in September.    Paul was charged in May with unlawful assembly and trespassing after video showed him at a mall that was being looted and vandalized in Scottsdale, Arizona. In May, Paul was charged with criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly after he and his videographer Andrew Blue had both posted footage on Instagram that showed chaos and vandalism at the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall in Arizona. Paul denied the allegations on Twitter. "For context, we spent the day doing our part to peacefully protest one of the most horrid injustices our country has ever seen, which led us to being tear-gassed for filming the events and brutality that were unfolding in Arizona," he said in a May 31 tweet.    Paul came under fire for partying during the COVID-19 pandemic — and even drew ire from the city of Calabasas' mayor. As cases of the novel coronavirus continued to spike throughout Los Angeles, many influencers and creators — including Paul himself — continued to party and flout social-distancing guidelines. Paul hosted a day-long party at his Calabasas home in July as he filmed a new music video. Guests of the massive party documented their day on Instagram, showing many of them without face coverings both inside and outside of the home. Bryce Hall, Mongeau, and Arman 'Armani' Izadi were among the guests.  Tweet Embed: // NEW: The mayor of Calabasas & neighbors tell me they're outraged after they say YouTube celebrity @jakepaul threw a massive party at his mansion on Saturday. They call it irresponsible, selfish, & say it's businesses & workers who pay the price for this w/ lockdowns. 10pm @FOXLA   Calabasas Mayor Alicia Weintraub told local Fox affiliate network Fox 11 that she was outraged by the event. "They're having this large party, no social distancing, no masks, it's just a big, huge disregard for everything that everybody is trying to do to get things back to functioning," she said.  In an interview with Insider, Paul said he wasn't sure if he would give up partying during the pandemic. After his party stirred up controversy, Paul told Insider's Kat Tenbarge in a phone call on July 31 that "everything is cool" with the Calabasas mayor. "I don't know what to think of it, to be honest. I don't think anyone really does," Paul said of the pandemic. "No one has answers, our leadership is failing us, and everyone kind of just doesn't know what to do. But I personally am not the type of person who's gonna sit around and not live my life."  On Aug. 5, Paul's Calabasas mansion was searched by the FBI as part of an ongoing investigation related to the Scottsdale mall incident, a spokesperson for the agency's Phoenix field office told Insider.     The search was an execution of a federal search warrant. Los Angeles Sheriff's Department officers assisted the FBI's search, a spokesperson said, transporting several guns from the property. The FBI could not comment on whether the guns were being used as evidence in the investigation because of the sealed affidavit.  Agents in Las Vegas also searched the mansion of 'Armani' Izadi, Paul's longtime friend and collaborator who also officiated his faux wedding with Mongeau in 2019. Soon after the raid on his home, Izadi posted Instagram story videos with several bikini-clad women at the hot-pink mansion.  Izadi is an accused pimp who has pleaded guilty to attempted battery with substantial bodily harm, The Daily Beast reported in 2018.  In 2013, Izadi was indicted on 20 counts of pimping, robbery, battery, and kidnapping. Investigators described a "prostitution ring" that Izadi would lure women into under false pretenses. "Izadi lured women to his prostitution ring with promises of immense wealth, his companionship, and most of all, his protection," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported in 2013 after reviewing police records.  Izadi took a plea deal, pleading guilty to one count of pandering, the legal term for pimping, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.   In an interview with the YouTube drama reporter Daniel Keem (a.k.a. Keemstar), Adam Quinn, a former manager of Izadi and Paul's YouTuber collective Team 10, said that he left his job because of Izadi's allegedly nefarious behavior.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just passed the $100 billion mark. Zuckerberg, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates are now the only three people in the world to be worth at least $100 billion, per Bloomberg. The executive's ballooned fortune comes as Facebook unveils its Instagram Reels, a TikTok-like feature in the app, and as Facebook has experienced a booming stock price during the pandemic. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's net worth just passed the $100 billion for the first time as the social media firm has enjoyed a soaring stock price during the COVID-19 pandemic. Per a Bloomberg report, the ballooned fortune lands Zuckerberg with the likes of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates, both of whom crested the $100 billion mark already. The three are reportedly the only people in the world worth at least $100 billion.  Zuckerberg, who has a 13% stake in Facebook, and other executives of online companies have enjoyed a surge in sales during the COVID-19 pandemic as people are ushered into their homes and more so onto their devices. News of Zuckerberg's expanded fortune comes soon after Facebook released Instagram Reels, a feature largely perceived as a TikTok competitor. Facebook is also still in the limelight following the Big Tech and Congress showdown on July 29 in which Zuckerberg and the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, and Google were grilled by lawmakers over antitrust concerns.  Zuckerberg has claimed in the past that he intends to give 99% of his Facebook shares away during his lifetime.SEE ALSO: Jeff Bezos is reportedly now worth over $171 billion, more than he was worth before his divorce Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Pathologists debunk 13 coronavirus myths
Conservatives have long accused social media platforms of being politically biased. A new report suggests they might be right — but not in the way they claim. The Tech Transparency Report (TTP) found that Instagram pushed searches about Joe Biden towards negative hashtags about the former vice president, but blocked them for President Trump. The action was apparently triggered by Instagram‘s related hashtags, which direct users to content related to their previous hashtag searches. TTP compared searches for 20 popular hashtags about the presidential candidates. It found that all the related hashtags were disabled for searches about Trump, but appeared for searches… This story continues at The Next WebOr just read more coverage about: Instagram
TikTok has seemingly taken Huawei’s position as the primary focus of US aggression in recent weeks, though the social media app is planning a data centre investment to ease European concerns.
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Starz has added streaming subscribers and reduced cancellations, even as legacy-media giants like WarnerMedia and Peacock launch rival offerings.  Two top Starz execs told Business Insider that comarketing with platforms including Amazon Prime Video and Hulu has been key to that growth. "We're going to market with them in a lot of instances to try to grab subscribers together," Alison Hoffman, Starz' president of domestic networks, told Business Insider. The premium-TV service, which hired a new content chief in May, is also ordering more seasons of shows like "P-Valley" and a wide-range of new dramas geared toward its core audience of women to keep the moment going. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Premium-TV network Starz is facing more competition in the streaming space from new entrants like HBO Max, Peacock, and Apple TV Plus. But its streaming audience has continued to grow, reaching in March new heights of 6.8 million subscriber in the US and 10.6 million globally, including its international version StarzPlay. Subscription-analytics firm Antenna also found that, while Starz's US rate of conversion from free trials to subscriptions was lower than some other major streaming services, people who paid to subscribe were more likely stick with Starz than its direct competitors. Starz had the lowest pace of cancellations, or churn, among premium-TV rivals including HBO and Showtime from April to June, according to the July report. Starz also told Business Insider that cancellations were down year-over-year in recent months, and users were watching for longer. Part of Starz's growth is due to the pandemic, which has people spending more time at home and streaming video. But two top Starz execs also told Business Insider that the company has been partnering with new streaming entrants to nab more subscribers. Those players are willing to work with Starz because it's so far resisted the trend of expanding into a general-audience streaming service, and sells itself alongside those other platforms. "We really are sticking to that premium model, which also allows us to partner with a lot of these entrants," Alison Hoffman, Starz' president of domestic networks, told Business Insider. "We're going to market with them in a lot of instances to try to grab subscribers together." Hoffman, who was Starz's marketing chief before being promoted to her current role in April, said Starz is comarketing its service with well-heeled streamers like Hulu, Apple TV Plus, and Amazon Prime Video.  Those streamers, incidentally, have been among the heaviest advertisers in the streaming-TV category since the pandemic hit, as Business Insider has reported. Each aired TV ads worth north of $100 million during the second quarter, according to data from iSpot.TV. Hulu also promoted Starz as an add-on service in recent digital-ad campaign, as Business Insider reported based on data from Pathmatics. And, in November, as Disney was blocking rival Netflix from advertising on many of its TV networks, it was promoting Starz on Disney Plus and ESPN Plus, as The Verge first reported. C0marketing with other channels served Starz well in the pay-TV ecosystem, when it would sell in bundles with other premium-TV networks HBO or Showtime, on top of basic cable. Starz simply translated it to the streaming world.  "The more things change, the more they stay the same," Hoffman said. "We're really sticking to our knitting." Starz is doubling down on its core strategy when it comes to programming, as well. In May, the company brought on former CBS exec Christina Davis as its head of original programming. She is helping expand Starz's slate of dramas geared toward audiences it says have been traditionally underserved by premium TV, like women, Black, Latinx, and LGBTQ viewers. The company solidified that approach after its historical drama "The White Queen" hit in 2013, and set the stage for dramas like "Outlander" that came after. "We saw this influx of women viewers and they were passionate and they were buzzing on social media," Hoffman said. "We said, 'Nobody is doing this and there's such passion and there's such attachment and evangelism, because people aren't finding these voices on premium.'" Starz is sharpening that focus now to stand out amid the noise in streaming.  Davis said she's looking for stories that go deeper into character than much of what she was able to shepherd in in the broadcast world. "I've always been jealous of the outlets that get to actually tell these brilliant stories about brilliant characters that are female and diverse," Davis said. "The stuff that I'm most proud of, I could see on Starz, like 'The Good Wife,' and shows like that, that really get to dig deeper into character exploration and tell a very distinct, potentially provocative story." Davis is meeting, virtually, with a wide range of writers from the traditional-TV sphere, as well as creators outside of that bubble, given that first-time showrunners like Katori Hall have created huge hits for the network.  Starz recently ordered a second season of Hall's "P-Valley," a drama about the strip-club scene in Mississippi that made waves after it launched in July. It also renewed the crime drama "Hightown" and set a September premiere date for its "Power" spinoff, "Power Book II: Ghost." She's also learning to give those creators space to create. "What I'm noticing is that we're able to let the creators tell these stories," Davis said. "Instead of noting them to death, just let them tell their story and let the passion come out." Starz released 14 original series in the last year, the company said. It currently has about 20 shows in development, compared with the 50 to 60 series Davis said she would typically develop during an average broadcast season, 10 of which would make it to pilot and roughly four of which would get series orders. Davis is also starting to think more globally about programming, as Starz has expanded to 50 countries through its international streaming service, StarzPlay. Starz announced this week its first set of international originals, including local-language coproductions coming out of Spain and Mexico. "It does feel like audiences around the world are really hungry for great drama and stories well told, with complex narratives," Hoffman said.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 7 secrets about Washington, DC landmarks you probably didn't know
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Addison Rae Easterling, 19, is one of the top TikTok influencers in the world with over 54 million followers on the app. She began posting videos in July 2019 for fun and by December she decided to go all-in and moved out to Los Angeles from Louisiana. Easterling is known for her dance videos on TikTok and for being a member of the popular group the Hype House. She spoke with Business Insider in April about her rapid success online and how she is building a larger business with merchandise and lucrative brand partnerships.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. This article was originally published on April 16 and has been updated to reflect Forbes' estimate of Easterling's earnings. Before Addison Rae Easterling had millions of people watching her on TikTok, she was gearing up for her first year of college in her home state, Louisiana. "I initially found out about TikTok through a lot of young girls at my school and in my dance studio," Easterling, now 19, told Business Insider in April. "I remember being in a few of them, and after a while I downloaded it, not thinking I was going to post."  She eventually posted a video for fun in July 2019 that landed on TikTok's homepage, the "For You Page," she said. "I had never experienced that many likes or views," she said, and she continued to upload videos of herself dancing alone, with friends, or with her mom. In short order, she would experience more TikTok likes and views than nearly anyone on the planet. In only a few months, Easterling has become not only one of the biggest stars on TikTok, but one of the biggest stars across the internet, known to her fans as Addison Rae. Easterling has over 54 million TikTok followers, 24 million Instagram followers, and millions of views on her YouTube channel. And with her star continuing to rise, those numbers will no doubt be higher by the time you read this. Easterling's TikTok business has also been growing at a wild pace, from lucrative sponsorship deals with brands like American Eagle to merchandise. Her business earned an estimated $5 million in the last year, making her the highest-earning TikTok star right now, according to a Forbes estimate published in August.  What's her secret? Was she simply the one most beloved by TikTok's inscrutable algorithm? There is always a bit of luck when someone sees the kind of overnight success Easterling did — like when her dance to Mariah Carey's "Obsessed" caught Carey's attention and helped boost her budding fame. But there are other elements that made Easterling particularly suited to rise along with TikTok. Easterling has been dancing competitively since she was six years old, which has helped her put a spin on many of TikTok's viral "dance challenges." She was also able to go all-in on TikTok a few months after her follower count began to catch fire, and her family has enthusiastically supported her online career, especially her mom who appears in a lot of her videos and runs her own TikTok page with nearly nine million followers. Easterling has a knack for connecting with the right people, as well. She has collaborated with a lot of other influencers on videos, like Kourtney Kardashian and her son, and with YouTube celebrities like David Dobrik and James Charles. And she became a member of TikTok's first mega-popular group, the Hype House. All this has led to Easterling turning a fun hobby into a lucrative career — one that is only increasing as TikTok continues to cement itself as the platform of choice for Generation Z, and its homegrown stars move to the forefront of pop culture, despite political controversy. Easterling's rapid rise on TikTok  Easterling grew up dancing and watching Vine clips and episodes of "Dance Moms" with her friends.  She started competitively dancing when she was six and trained in many styles of dance like ballet, hip hop, jazz, and tap, she said.  "Dancing has always been a huge part of my life and honestly, I contribute so much of my TikTok growth to me being raised as a dancer," she said.  While Easterling was in her first semester at Louisiana State University, she was starting to get recognized on campus for her TikTok videos, which she said was "the craziest thing." "It didn't really bother me that I was doing TikTok and people knew it in my classes," she added. In the fall, she flew out to California with her mom and filmed a video for the prominent celebrity information site, Famous Birthdays, and that's when she began meeting up with other creators. After that trip, she'd fly out to Los Angeles over the weekend almost every two weeks, she said. At the end of October 2019, about three months into posting videos, Easterling's TikTok account gained over one million followers. She decided to leave LSU in late November. "I remember that's when it changed for me," she said. "I knew I wanted to take it more seriously and expand it to other platforms. I uploaded a video to YouTube and got really active on Instagram." Moving out to Los Angeles In December, Easterling moved out to Los Angeles and eventually her family bought a house there. They currently split their time between California and Louisiana, she said. Similar to other top creators, like Charli D'Amelio (76 million TikTok followers), Easterling's parents and siblings are all active on TikTok. Easterling said she's close with her family and is happy to have them be a part of her social-media rise, especially since they help keep her grounded. "You are who you hang out with and these are the people who are impacting my mind and work ethic the most," she said. "We're always filming," she said. "My house is never boring."  From viral success to a lucrative career path  Easterling has worked with companies like Reebok and L'Oreal on brand deals. She is signed with the Hollywood talent agency WME, and they work to connect her with top brands and other business opportunities like developing a content strategy, sourcing and negotiating deals, and exploring traditional-media opportunities. Influencers typically make a big chunk of their money through sponsorships and by selling consumer products to followers.  Easterling collaborated with the retail brand in March on a limited apparel collection. And she launched  a merchandise line with the popular influencer ecommerce company Fanjoy, which handles merch sales for top creators like Jake Paul, David Dobrik, and Tana Mongeau. Overall, Easterling is planning to expand her business by becoming more involved in the beauty and hair space, she said, and brand herself beyond being "just an influencer." In July, she partnered with American Eagle on the brand's back-to-school campaign, and she launched a weekly podcast exclusive to Spotify with her mom. Later this month, Easterling will be releasing beauty products through her new makeup line, Item Beauty, which she cofounded with the beauty startup Madeby.  "This is a huge blessing and huge opportunity that's literally based off the people who support me and how much they interact with me," she said of her influencer career. "I've really valued the relationship with my supporters and I always try to comment back to my supporters and put all of my time and energy into that." Sign up for Business Insider's influencer newsletter, Influencer Dashboard, to get more stories like this in your inbox. For more on the business of influencers, according to TikTok stars, check out these Business Insider Prime posts:  The TikTok metrics that matter for a successful sponsorship deal between an influencer and a brand, according to industry insiders: We spoke with an influencer talent manager and a digital agent about some of the metrics they see brands paying attention to in 2020 on TikTok. The top 19 talent managers and agents for TikTok influencers who are helping build the careers of a new generation of digital stars: These leaders are helping to build businesses for the top TikTok influencers in 2020. Inside the rise of Fanjoy, from selling music T-shirts to dominating influencer merchandise with YouTube star clients like David Dobrik and Jake Paul: Fanjoy is one of the top influencer merchandise companies, creating products for digital stars like David Dobrik, Tana Mongeau, and Adelaine Morin. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: What it takes to be a PGA Tour caddie
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Nikola, an upstart electric-vehicle maker that's worth $10 billion, released its first quarterly financial report this week.  The results largely disappointed investors and sent shares tumbling.  The company is pre-revenue, and working on multiple upcoming vehicle models, but did manage to bring in $36,000. Buried in a regulatory filing, Nikola revealed that money was from installing solar panels for its founder, Trevor Milton.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Investors were largely disappointed by electric-vehicle startup Nikola's first earnings announcement this week. The company, which went public in June via a merger with a special purpose acquisition company (or SPAC), has yet to sell a production vehicle despite soaring stock valuations as the electric vehicle race further ignites. And buried in a regulatory filing the same day was another detail: where its $36,000 in revenue came from. Turns out it was all from installing solar panels bought by founder and executive chairman Trevor Milton. "During the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019 the Company recorded solar revenues of $0.03 million and $0.04 million, respectively, for the provision of solar installation services to the Executive Chairman, which are billed on time and materials basis," the filing, first spotted by the Financial Times and CNBC, says. The company also disclosed a $70,000 reimbursement for Milton's use of a private plane for company business. "These flight hours are related to business travel by the Executive Chairman and other members of the executive team to business meetings and trade conferences, as well as the Executive Chairman's commute between the Company's headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona, and his residence in Utah." Milton, who shifted from chief executive to the chairman role in recent months and remains the company's largest shareholder, has garnered a reputation for his outspoken Twitter presence that's not unlike his counterpart at Tesla, Elon Musk. "It's a bit confusing trying to follow Trevor on his various social media outlets about the timing and cadence of communication of the different variables that you're talking about," one analyst remarked on a conference call. We are pre revenue. I'm starting to see you're just rooting for our failure or make us look bad. It's a hit job and no need for that. The audit committee didn't make me pay it back I get monthly bills from the company for the work for the last 2 years and always paid. — Trevor Milton (@nikolatrevor) August 5, 2020 Have you ever worked with Trevor Milton? Reach out to this reporter at [email protected] or via secure methods found here. Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why American sunscreens may not be protecting you as much as European sunscreens
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Hi, this is Amanda Perelli and welcome back to Influencer Dashboard, our weekly rundown on the influencer and creator economy. Sign up for the newsletter here. Amazon wants to be a major player in the influencer business. This week, I spoke with a YouTube creator who explained what it's like to work with the ecommerce giant's various programs and how she makes money, from affiliate commissions to livestreaming.  Kim Pratt, who is a skincare influencer and YouTuber, is a member of the Amazon Influencer Program, and for every purchase someone makes through one of her links, she earns a commission ranging from 4% to 10% through the program, she said. But still, she often doesn't make much money on that first purchase one of her followers makes, since the products she links to usually range in price from $5 to $20. Her secret weapon on Amazon is that she also gets a cut of what her followers buy for a day after being directed to Amazon with her link. "You get a cut of everything that person buys for that 24-hour period," she explained. So, how much money does she make as an Amazon Influencer? Typically, Pratt's Amazon affiliate revenue is higher than her monthly YouTube revenue (earned from the ads that play in her videos), she said. But those numbers can fluctuate. In June, Pratt had her best month on YouTube, earning around $7,000, according to a screenshot of her analytics dashboard viewed by Business Insider. On Amazon, she earned around $6,000, shes said, which was near her monthly average from the platform in 2020. In our conversation, Pratt also broke down Amazon's livestreaming program for influencers, which was released widely in July. Her take: It is better in theory than in practice. Read more about Pratt's business and on how features like livestreaming work on Amazon, here. Plant influencers are landing brand deals and growing their followings online While sheltering-in-place during the pandemic, many people are looking around their houses and apartments and wondering, "Should I buy more plants?" For advice on the subject, some turn to "plantfluencers," the social-media influencers who specialize in sharing content about — as their nickname suggests — plants. And during the last few months, several houseplant brands like The Sill have seen spikes in plant demand and sales. My colleague Sydney Bradley spoke with several "plantfluencers" and brands about the houseplant trends they've seen and how they're adjusting to the growing demand for greenery. "I think folks are looking for an opportunity to green-up their space and to make their homes that they're working in have a little more light to it," said Christopher Griffin, whose @plantkween Instagram account has grown by nearly 150,000 followers since March. Read more about how these influencers have increased their followings and continued to land brand deals, here. TikTok salary data shows pay for US jobs in engineering, product, data science, and more It's been a busy week for TikTok. On Friday, President Trump told reporters that he planned to ban the short-form video app outright. By Sunday, the ban was off, with Microsoft announcing that it was in talks to acquire the company's US operations by September 15. Despite political headwinds, TikTok is forging ahead with its hiring plans in the US, staffing up in roles that will help the company compete with digital-media powerhouses like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram. And many of its new hires in the US are being offered six-figure salaries, according to wage data from the US Department of Labor. In order to better understand how much TikTok and its parent company ByteDance pay US-based employees, my colleagues Ashley Rodriguez and Dan Whateley analyzed the US Office of Foreign Labor Certification's disclosure data for permanent and temporary foreign workers. The data include salary offers from TikTok and ByteDance from roughly 240 foreign-labor certification applications that were submitted and certified between October 2019 through June 2020. Read the full post for more on how much TikTok pays employees, here.  More creator industry coverage from Business Insider: Instagram news Poshmark clothing resellers are becoming Instagram influencers to increase sales (by Sydney Bradley) We are seeking nominations for the top beauty and fashion brand ambassador programs for influencers (by Sydney Bradley and Amanda Perelli) TikTok news We spoke with a cosmetic nurse with TikTok star clients on the enhancements they ask for, like "glass skin" and lip and jawline fillers (by Amanda Perelli) Marketers are still planning ad campaigns for TikTok, but some are amending contracts so they can move spending to another social platform if needed (by Dan Whateley and Lauren Johnson) Ask an influencer: "What was your family and friends' reaction to your initial success online?" Ur Mom Ashley (833,000 YouTube subscribers): "When I first started YouTube, my family was apprehensive about me having a career in social media. However, as my channel has grown, they've come to appreciate all of the hard work that goes into my job and are incredibly supportive!" Dayna Bolden (83,000 Instagram followers): "My friends and family were surprised at the success because at the time being a full-time influencer was not a 'thing.' This world of influencer marketing was still relatively new, so to create a career on social media was something that they have not seen. They were definitely surprised by it but ultimately very happy to see my success and to see that I created something for myself doing something that I am very passionate about. I have been able to grow my business year after year and increase my earnings. Now all my family and friends understand what I am doing and are truly rooting for me every step of the way." Ramzy Masri (136,000 Instagram followers): "Everyone has been super supportive. It's always interesting what does well on social and I think some friends were surprised by how quick the reaction was to my work and how fast things went viral. What can I say, people love rainbows!" Submit your questions about the influencer industry or for creators to [email protected] We'll answer your questions in an upcoming issue of Influencer Dashboard. This week from Insider's digital culture team:  YouTuber Joey Graceffa is under fire for old blackface videos (by Palmer Haasch) LA influencers won't stop partying. Few have said whether they've spread the virus (by Kat Tenbarge) Jake Paul's Calabasas mansion was searched by the FBI on Wednesday (by Rachel Greenspan) Here's what else we're reading and watching: With the coronavirus crushing advertising, some YouTubers turn to subscriptions (by Lucas Shaw and Mark Bergen, from Bloomberg) Tatcha is debuting its new cleanser in Animal Crossing (by Lauren Rearick, from Nylon) Banning TikTok would be devastating for creators (by Travis M. Andrews, from The Washington Post) David Dobrik will host a dodgeball competition series for Discovery Channel (by Kimberly Nordyke, from The Hollywood Reporter) Why TikTok stars will survive no matter what (by Meg Zukin, from Variety)  Thanks for reading! Send me your tips, comments, or questions: [email protected] Subscribe to the newsletter here.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: A cleaning expert reveals her 3-step method for cleaning your entire home quickly
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced a broad program to crack down on Chinese apps and services. The "Clean Network" program will block "untrusted" Chinese apps from app stores; stop Chinese phone companies from pre-installing US apps; keep US data off Chinese cloud services; and guard undersea cables It isn't clear that the plan is workable, and risks balkanizing the internet. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Banning TikTok was only the tip of the iceberg. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced a new "Clean Network" initiative, aimed at blocking off large swathes of China's internet from the US. This comes the same week as President Trump ordered that hugely successful social media app TikTok — which is owned by Chinese tech company ByteDance — sell off its US business to an American company or else face getting banned. "The Clean Network program is the Trump Administration's comprehensive approach to guarding our citizens' privacy and our companies' most sensitive information from aggressive intrusions by malign actors, such as the Chinese Communist Party," Pompeo wrote in the announcement of the program. The plans will stoke worries that the internet is set to become increasingly balkanized, with citizens unable to access certain apps or services thanks to geopolitical tensions.  Pompeo outlined five ways in which the initiative aims to keep China away from America's internet, although he was not entirely clear about how they might be technically enforced. 1. Telecoms carriers  Pompeo said this part of the initiative is: "to ensure untrusted People's Republic of China (PRC) carriers are not connected with US telecommunications networks. Such companies pose a danger to US national security and should not provide international telecommunications services to and from the United States." It is not clear from the press announcement exactly how this will work, whether it will bar Chinese telecoms carriers from operating in the US, or whether it might make it impossible for people in China and the US to call one another. 2. No "untrusted" Chinese apps on US app stores The "Clean Store" part of the initiative aims: "To remove untrusted applications from US mobile app stores," meaning Apple's App Store and Google's Play Store. This explanation for this runs: "PRC apps threaten our privacy, proliferate viruses, and spread propaganda and disinformation. American's [sic] most sensitive personal and business information must be protected on their mobile phones from exploitation and theft for the CCP's benefit." This may mean booting Chinese apps, currently permitted on both the major app stores, out entirely. 3. American developers won't be allowed to have their apps pre-installed on phones made by Chinese companies The "Clean Apps" part of the initiative is: "To prevent untrusted PRC smartphone manufacturers from pre-installing –or otherwise making available for download – trusted apps on their apps store." Pompeo specifically names Chinese tech giant Huawei as an example, calling it "an arm of the PRC surveillance state." The US government has long accused Huawei of acting as a proxy for the Chinese government to spy, which Huawei denies. "These [trusted] companies should remove their apps from Huawei's app store to ensure they are not partnering with a human rights abuser," Pompeo writes. Currently, US apps including Amazon's shopping app and Snapchat are available on Huawei's App Gallery. 4. Americans will have to keep their data off Chinese cloud services Pompeo says this is: "To prevent U.S. citizens' most sensitive personal information and our businesses' most valuable intellectual property, including COVID-19 vaccine research, from being stored and processed on cloud-based systems accessible to our foreign adversaries through companies such as Alibaba, Baidu, and Tencent." 5. Keeping China away from undersea internet cables Pompeo writes this part of the initiative is: "To ensure the undersea cables connecting our country to the global internet are not subverted for intelligence gathering by the PRC at hyper scale. We will also work with foreign partners to ensure that undersea cables around the world aren't similarly subject to compromise." It's not clear how exactly this part of the plan will manifest itself, but in June a DOJ telecoms committee advised the FCC to block the construction of an undersea cable to Hong Kong.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: Why electric planes haven't taken off yet
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Controversial video-based social media platform TikTok has banned deepfakes from its platform, citing concerns about the use of the technology to interfere with elections and otherwise spread misinformation. The move comes amid concerns about TikTok and its alleged potential impact on national security, as well as the general vulnerability of social media platforms to manipulation and election interference. Deepfakes are, … Continue reading
Twitter briefly banned the Trump campaign's account from tweeting Wednesday after it violated the company's policies against COVID-19 misinformation, a spokesperson told Business Insider. The campaign tweeted a video of Trump falsely claiming to Fox News that children are "almost immune" from the disease. Trump also tweeted a link to the video, which has since been blocked, but the company did not take any action against the president's account. Facebook took down a similar post by Trump earlier in the day for violating its own COVID-19 misinformation policies, a first for the company. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Twitter temporarily blocked the Trump campaign's account from tweeting on Wednesday for posting a video of the president spreading COVID-19 misinformation, a spokesperson told Business Insider. The campaign tweeted a video, which has since been removed, of Trump falsely claiming to Fox News that children are "almost immune" from the disease. "The Tweet you referenced is in violation of the Twitter Rules on COVID-19 misinformation. The account owner will be required to remove the Tweet before they can Tweet again," the spokesperson said. A growing body of research suggests that children can transmit COVID-19 like anyone else, though researchers believe their infection rates are often underreported because they are frequently asymptomatic and have been largely excluded from clinical trials. "Another day, another display of Silicon Valley's flagrant bias against this President, where the rules are only enforced in one direction," Courtney Parella, the Trump campaign's deputy national press secretary, said in a statement. "Social media companies are not the arbiters of truth." President Trump also posted his own tweet linking to the campaign's tweet containing the video, which has been viewed more than 30,000 times. However, Twitter said that it would not take any action against the president's account, only the campaign. "Our enforcement action is specific to Tweets, not accounts that may have amplified it. The video was posted by @TeamTrump and shared via @realDonaldTrump, which is why we're taking action on that account specifically," a spokesperson told Business Insider. Facebook took down a similar post from Trump earlier on Wednesday for violating its own policies against "harmful COVID misinformation," the first time the social media giant has completely removed a post by Trump for spreading false information about the virus. Pressure has mounted on social media companies recently to take stronger steps to address the spread of misinformation on their platforms, particularly around the coronavirus pandemic, hate speech, and elections. Earlier this year, Twitter applied a fact-check label to Trump's tweets falsely claiming mail-in voting causes widespread election fraud. Meanwhile, Trump has become increasingly enraged at social media platforms, particularly Twitter. In recent months, Trump has suggested that Twitter's trending topics are 'illegal' because they make him look bad and singled out the company in a legally dubious executive order that seeks to crack down on platforms' authority to moderate content on their platforms.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: How 'white savior' films like 'The Help' and 'Green Book' hurt Hollywood
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The social media company says 4% of Twitter for Android users are vulnerable.