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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Westminster UDP OK

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Brian Lara’s Test record 400 not out in numbers

first_imgIT is exactly 16 years since Brian Lara swept Gareth Batty behind square and trotted through for his 400th run of a remarkable innings.On April 12, 1994, Lara not only reclaimed the record Test innings, he set a mark that remains standing today.The West Indies great frustrated England’s attack across two and a half days in Antigua, the Test eventually finishing as a draw to ensure the hosts avoided a 4-0 whitewash.The 1,696th Test of all time belonged to Lara. Here, we take a look back at his 400 not out in numbers.16.66 average – Lara’s fourth Test score was all the more incredible given he had made just a combined 100 runs at an average of 16.66 across the previous three matches in the series.12 hours, 58 minutes – Lara batted for 12 hours and 58 minutes to get his record. That is only the seventh longest Test innings of all time, though, with Pakistan’s Hanif Mohammad having occupied the crease for over 16 hours against West Indies in 1958.582 deliveries – England used seven bowlers in that West Indies innings and Lara faced 582 balls without getting out. However, that does not even make the top 10 longest vigils in terms of balls faced, with Len Hutton leading the way when he faced 847 balls in 1938.43 fours, four sixes – Of Lara’s unbeaten 400, 196 runs were made via boundaries (43 fours and four sixes). He scored more fours (45) when making 375 against England a decade earlier, though he failed to clear the ropes in that match.68.72 strike rate – Across 232 Test innings, Lara had a strike rate of 60.51 so he was actually marginally more aggressive than normal during his knock against England.Unbroken 282-run stand for the sixth wicket – Lara shared two partnerships worth over 200 runs during his innings. He made 232 alongside Ramnaresh Sarwan (90) for the third wicket then made 159 of the 282 he and Ridley Jacobs (107 not out) accumulated before the Windies declared on 751-5.185 days – Just six months after Australia opener Matthew Hayden broke Lara’s previous Test record with 380 against Zimbabwe, the previous holder took back the honour.5,844 days – Lara’s record has now stood for 5,844 days. Since his innings, Mahela Jayawardene (374 in 2006) and David Warner (335 not out in 2019) are the two men who have come closest to eclipsing it.last_img read more

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