Political ads appear ‘active’ on Facebook despite post-Election Day ban

first_imgA number of elections-related ads were still listed as “active” in Facebook’s political ads library Wednesday morning, after the company’s post-election ban on political ads went into effect. The company said this can be because it can take up to 24 hours to reflect changes in the library, even if the ads are paused from being shown to users.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The company told CNBC it’s possible the library will temporarily show some ads as active and spending on Nov. 4 even if they were paused as of midnight, and said the library should soon correct “any minor inconsistencies in how the data is presented.”Facebook’s handling of political advertising has been rocky in the days leading up to the election. Last week, the company allowed President Trump’s campaign to run ads that implied victory, that boasted about GDP figures that hadn’t been released yet and others that implored people to “vote today” with graphics reading “Election Day is Today,” days before the election. Facebook said at the time it would be removing the “vote today” ads following inquiries. The company last week also suffered what it said was a technological issue that caused a number of ads from both political parties to be improperly paused. – Advertisement – In early October, the company announced it would stop running political ads in the U.S. after polls closed for the 2020 election on Nov. 3 and keep them halted for an indefinite period. The company said the temporary ban was expected to last about one week, but that it would be subject to change.As of Wednesday around 8 a.m. ET, CNBC was able to find dozens of political ads on Facebook still listed as active. Those included ads run by “Evangelicals for Trump” and “We are Great Again PAC,” along with those from Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris and the Democratic Party. Facebook director of product management Rob Leathern wrote on Twitter that it can be due to the fact that it can take a full day for the ad library to reflect changes made on an ad. – Advertisement –last_img read more

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USATF Men’s and Women’s 1 Mile Road Championships Return to Grand Blue Mile

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa — Grand Blue Mile (GBM) officials from Wellmark Blue Cross  and Blue Shield and Drake Relays announced the USA Track & Field one-mile road championships will be returning in 2019 as part of the annual Grand Blue Mile. The addition of the prestigious USATF 1 Mile Road Championships elevates the elite-level competition of Grand Blue Mile and is expected to attract Olympians and world championship participants from across the country to vie for a national title and share of the $30,000 prize purse. GBM also hosted the 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2018 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships.  The 2018 Set the Pace challenge community winner, Lohrville, used their award to complete a trail. To watch the video and learn more about the project, click here. Print Friendly Version “As Grand Blue Mile celebrates our tenth anniversary, we are honored and privileged to welcome back the USATF 1 Mile Road Championships,” said Chris Verlengia, Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield’s senior brand marketing manager and Grand Blue Mile co-race director. “Being entrusted to host a fifth national championship in 10 years provides even more reason to celebrate the tremendous impact this special event has throughout central Iowa and beyond.” As part of the challenge, the community with the highest percentage of its residents participating in GBM — measured by the number of registrants for a given ZIP code against its total population — will be awarded $10,000 to use on a project that promotes safe and accessible places in which to be active, such as a park, playground or trail. Early entrants for the 2019 USATF 1 Mile Road Championships at GBM include:·         Riley Masters – 2018 Men’s USATF 1 Mile Road Champion·         Mikey Brannigan – 1500 meter Paralympic gold medalist·         Emily Lipari – 2018 Women’s USATF 1 Mile Road Champion·         Heather Kampf – 2014, 2015 and 2016 Grand Blue Mile Champion Set the Pace Challenge encourages communities to get movingGBM officials also announced the continued partnership with the Healthiest State Initiative (HSI) for the return of the Set the Pace Challenge. This challenge encourages Iowans to develop sustainable, healthy habits throughout 2019 — starting with participating in GBM on April 23. In 2018, more than 40 track and field stars competed for the national title and share of the USA prize purse at GBM. Riley Masters won the men’s championship with a time of 4:03.12. The women’s championship was captured by Emily Lipari with a time of 4:32.87. “We are excited for another year of the Set the Pace Challenge,” said Jami Haberl, HSI executive director. “The award provides a great incentive for communities to rally together around. The benefits are two-fold: They’ll be participating in a fun, physical activity and making an effort to better their community.” “Grand Blue Mile has gained notoriety and prestige with America’s most decorated milers,” said Blake Boldon, director of the Drake Relays. “Now marking the event’s tenth anniversary, we’re proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Wellmark to extend the Drake Relays experience to thousands of participants and spectators alike.”last_img read more

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