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Breaking: On ABC's "This Week," Florida teen shooting survivors announce a march on Washington to demand "a new normal" on gun laws. Organizers tell co-anchor Martha Raddatz that "March for Our Lives" will be Saturday, March 24, in D.C.
Facebook cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller, quietly supplying Russian-placed material that was cited in Friday's blockbuster indictment.
But Mueller's revelations have made Facebook an even bigger target:
Facebook executives privately express frustration about the scrutiny: They know media companies have incentive to whack them.
What’s next: This isn’t an ephemeral story.
Hard truth: You are to blame, too. One of the Russians named in Mueller's indictment emailed a family member: "I created all these pictures and posts, and the Americans believed that it was written by their people.”
Facebook has traditionally been a reactive company. But it’s trying to become more proactive, Axios media maestro Sara Fischer writes:
Facebook was the first to respond to Mueller’s indictment. It’s taken a proactive stance on Russia, specifically, while its competitors have been more silent.
Facebook recently took proactive messaging positions by admitting that its platform may not be beneficial to consumers’ health in some cases.
It’s not surprising that Russian actors took advantage of Facebook’s platform:
Bottom line: Most — but not all — top Facebook officials know they have real issues, not just P.R. issues. But after a decade of people drooling over them, change is hard.
From Mueller's indictment, here are examples of Russians' political "advertisements on U.S. social media and other online sites expressly advocating for the election of then-candidate Trump or expressly opposing Clinton":
N.Y. Times Quote of the Day ... Howard Finkelstein, the Broward County public defender, whose office is representing Nikolas Cruz, the suspect in the mass shooting in Parkland, Fla.:
Pain turns political in Parkland shooting ... "Pressure is growing for tougher gun-control laws after a mass shooting at a Florida high school, with thousands of angry protesters at state rallies demanding immediate action from lawmakers, and more demonstrations planned across the country in the weeks ahead." (AP)
P.S. At 11:22 last night, re his national security adviser, Trump tweeted:
"Mitt Romney's extensive resume has many Republicans looking to him to take on a role in the Senate as a political and moral counterweight to a president many in the GOP see as divisive and undignified," AP's Matthew Daly writes:
Boston Globe lead story, "Trump base solidifies, Democrats begin to fret: He's never a bombshell away from free fall, but president's numbers are looking up," by Astead Herndon:
"Former Vice President Joe Biden is tiptoeing toward a potential presidential run in 2020, even broaching the possibility during a recent gathering of longtime foreign policy aides," AP's Josh Lederman reports:
Courtesy Twelve, an imprint of Grand Central Publishing
Dan Pfeiffer — who served President Obama for eight years, from campaign to senior adviser, and now is a Crooked Media (Pod Save America) host and CNN contributor, living mostly in San Francisco — emailed with us about his book, "Yes We (Still) Can," coming June 19 from the prestige publisher Twelve:
"Disney and Marvel Studios' Black Panther is making history at the North American box office, where it's pacing to take in a record-shattering $205 million-$210 million over the long Presidents Day weekend after earning a rare A+ CinemaScore from audiences," per the Hollywood Reporter:
The gist: "'Black Panther' is the story of T'Challa, played by actor Chadwick Boseman, who returns home to Wakanda, an isolated, technologically advanced African nation, after his father, the king of Wakanda, dies and T'Challa must take his place as ruler." (L.A. Times)
P.S. "Trolls target ‘Black Panther’: Tweets claim false attacks by black people at theaters" — L.A. Times:
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