Over 500 Companies Pulled Out FB Adverts in Response to StopHateForProfit

The boycott launched by Facebook employees to protest Zuckerberg’s inaction on Trump’s ads and posts that fuel violence and racism, has escalated.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and continuing calls to quell racism,a number of civil rights group have banded together and organized the StopHateForProfit. The goal is to pressure Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to institute policies that ban and automatically block hate messages and fake news. .

The StopHateForProfit group sought the support of big companies, many of which were already considering slashing down on advertising costs. The request was not hard to grant since that would also mean positive publicity for their brands. Instead of announcing budget cuts, they will be making a political statement in support of calls for social and political reforms.

Zuckerberg Buckled Down While More Companies Continue to Remove Ads

At first, only 300 companies committed to withdrawing their ad on Facebook, and the number has now reached more than 500. Although Zuckerberg had buckled down through a response posted in his Facebook account, billions in dollars of advertising revenues had already been withdrawn.

 

Facebook employees had said before that the FB CEO had vowed not to support ads and posts that incite violence, and those that suppress voting, regardless of from who or were they came from. Yet Zuckerberg’s principles bended when the hate messages came from Trump. This time, as a show of sincerity to his commitment, he approved the taking down of accounts found linked to the so-called “boogaloo movement”, one of which organized the killing of a California police officer last May.

Some of the companies who immediately gave support to the StopHateForProfit movement include Microsoft Corp,Verizon Communications Inc, Starbucks Corp, Ford Motor Co., Coca-Cola Co, PepsiCo Inc, and multinational companies like Unilever US, US:F, US:SBUX,. US:KO, US:MSFT,. US:PEP, US:VZ, SAP US and UL, which is just to name a few.

Business Offices Likely to Adopt Work-from-Home Permanently

Even as state governments are gradually reopening economies, most white-collar offices have signified intentions to maintain work-from home arrangements.

Last Thursday, Google and Facebook sent notifications to let their employees know that working-from-home will continue until next year. Nationwide Insurance and Financial Services Company has in fact decided to shut down offices located in different parts of the country, and will keep the company’s 4,000 employees working permanently from home.

 

Public Safety Still Needs to be Addressed

While many public officials are claiming that their state has achieved the goal of flattening-the-curve, there is still the reality that millions of citizens have not yet been tested. A second or even third wave is not impossible considering that those who have undergone testing are still awaiting results. In the meantime, the country still sees as many as 20,000 new additional cases, and increased death tolls.

The greater possibility is that corporations are likely to permanently adopt work-from-home arrangements. Apparently, the COVID-19 lockdown period allowed most white-collar manned offices to adopt well with such an arrangement. Working from home resulted to nonmonetary as well as monetary benefits. Employees were able to optimize their wages, by no longer spending on transportation costs, on daycare centers and in a way, now enjoy longer bonding moments with their family.

Moreover, work-from-home arrangements also had most companies rethink future plans about renting large and ornate office spaces in which to conduct their business.

Local Call Center Outsource will Be Tapped to Provide Support Services

While other offices will follow suit in adopting work-from-home arrangements as a new normal, collaborating with a call center outsourcing company will also become an important part of the new arrangement. Where reducing overhead costs will be included in a company’s reopening goals, putting in place a virtual, 24/7 central communications desk will allow business offices to stay organized, whilst respond quickly even while not using an official business space.

After all, it would be impractical to rent larger spaces if only to make it possible for employees to stay in work stations set apart by at least six feet in between. Not unless, the COVID-19 health crisis can already be addressed with effective antibody vaccine to ensure countrywide public safety and protection against possible re-emergence of the disease. .

A virtual centralized communications desk can help a company coordinate and pull together a workforce, since work-from-home employees will be scattered in different locations. A call center company with capabilities to take charge of a centralized communications system using advanced and secure communication technologies and well-trained call center agents will be an excellent choice.

How Call Centers Can Help Companies Remotely Manage Their Business

.At 31West, professional call center agents will be in charge of handling incoming customer and third party calls, When necessary and in accordance with the company’s call-transfer specifications and protocols, calls can be dispatched to office personnels directly in-charge.

On the other hand, outbound call-handling services may include sending out mass notifications via different media, to keep employees, customers or third parties up to date with new company policies, latest government regulations and other similar developments that require appropriate actions.

Those are only basic examples, readers can find a more comprehensive description of outsourced services being offered by 31West at https://www.31west.net/

Valorant Beta Players Share Insights on Best Weapons

Players currently playing Riot Games’ recently released beta of Valorant, have shared insights about the best weapons to recommend for beginners.

That can be regarded as a helpful gesture because anyone who has been following Valorant news and viewing Twitch-shared videos, knows by now that the  video game comes with a high level of difficulty. Many of those who have so far reached the competitive levels say that in order to be effective, beginners must choose and use weapons smartly.

That being said, many gamers who are currently testing the Valorant beta version before Riot Games officially launches Valorant sometime in June 2020 or anytime during the summer of this year, have shared insights on the “Top Five (5) Weapon Loadouts Recommended for Beginners.”

Top Five Weapon Loadouts Recommended for Valorant Beginners

There are actually a total of seventeen bullet-firing weapons available as choices found across six categories.

The recommended five best weapons for Valorant beginners do not necessarily appear in an order based on capabilities to produce the most damaging shots. After all, at the end of every match, what matters is the player’s ability to skillfully use the weapon of their choice.

Spectre

The Spectre is one of the best solid weapons for beginners to use, being a submachine gun with a fast fire-rate for economy rounds that can easily tear down an enemy’s health at close quarters, Beginners who have experience in playing first-person shooting games and intending to migrate to Valorant, will have an easy time getting into the groove of the game with this weapon.

Sheriff

 

Valorant startups using this power-packed 6-shot handgun but still perfecting skills when aiming to fire at an armored enemy’s head, can still place a few body shots that can make the most health damage. The Sheriff is probably the best in the pistol category because it provides newbies with an incredibly short kill-time. Its impact on an enemy’s body can create enough damage that will give the Sheriff shooter the opportunity to fire a well-aimed bullet in the head.

Operator

The Operator or OP is a sniper rifle preferred by many Valorant beta gamers because a single hit can deliver 150 damage to the body and 255 damage to the head. As a sniper weapon, the OP is the best choice because of its high wall-penetration power.

.Vandal

Vandal is Valorant’s AK-47 version, which performs in ways similar to the assault rifle. Although not many will agree that this is one of the best weapons in the Valorant armory, because it does not have the highest fire rate in its category, the Vandal boasts of producing high stats of 156 head damage and 39 body damage with every shot that lands on an enemy.

Phantom

The Phantom poses as Valorant’s edition of the M4A1, and is also a top pick because of its damage-causing ability. The Phantom is second best only to the Vandal, even if having a damage impact of 140 to the head, and 35 to the body. The stats tend to lower, if a Phantom shooter is farther than 15 to 30 meters away from the enemy target. Still another reason why this weapon is a top favorite is its silencer feature.

We all know by now that in order to enter the competition level, Valorant players have to play at least 20 matches regardless of whether a player wins or loses in each match. The important thing for Valorant beginners to do is make the most use of those 20 games by sharpening their shooting and aiming skills. Those open to valorant elo boosting as a technique while still in the early stages of competition, turn to boosting because they feel they still need to learn more on how to best use the abilities of their weapons.

Instagram Steps Up w/ Covid-19 News Feeds

Instagram, steps up messaging features by disseminating meaningful newsfeeds on Covid-19 outbreak, to ensure timely delivery of information to users.

Critical information regarding the state of the coronavirus pandemic now appears at the top of Instagram’s news notifications. Although the action may seem insignificant, the aggressive sharing of useful and socially responsible information will prove useful in helping prevent the spread of the Covid-19 throughout the globe.

The related Instagram announcement states:

“To help people get relevant and up-to-date resources, we will start showing more information from WHO and local health ministries at the top of Instagram’s Feed in some countries.”

Ban on Covid-19 Posts with AR Filters and Stories w/ Misleading Content

Instagram as a widely used social media platform has also taken serious actions by culling content pertaining to the pandemic. Only those developed in collaboration with recognized health organizations will be given importance.

The site’s search tool will no longer make it easy for searchers to access Covid-19 posts created with augmented reality (AR) effects. Such posts are regarded by many as insensitive, as they seemingly make light of the outbreak’s impact; notwithstanding that the global death toll related to the virus has been rising continuously.

Inasmuch as some Instagram Stories also contain misleading information that only heighten anxiety over the global problem, Instagram’s actions include making its search tool unresponsive to searches for stories that convey claims about treatments, cure or methods of combatting the novel corona virus.

Will Trump’s Social Media Campaign Strategy Still Work in the 2020 Presidential Elections?

If the 2020 voters will still believe what they hear, view and read as news from Trump’s social media campaigners, Donald Trump still has a likely chance of winning the 2020 presidential elections. After all, Trump’s digital media campaign director Brad Parscale had bragged before that the launch of their political campaign via Facebook and Twitter, led the way to Trump’s 2016 victory.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump and his Republican minions continue to make false and ridiculous statements glorifying Trump’s presidency. The brazenness of their pronouncements, even if starkly twisted and lacking in credibility is not new. It was basically how Trump won the 2016 presidential election. Backed by a Facebook account followed by millions of pro-Trumpers, they are banking on the spread of disinformation by way of likes and shares, as a way of confusing undecided voters.

The Truth About Trump’s Social Media Campaigns

In 2018, somebody from Cambridge Analytica opened a can of worms about Trump’s social media strategy..

Christopher Wylie a Canadian data consultant of the data analytics company, showed “The Guardian” documents as proof that they provided the Trump camp with data on about 87 million FB users without authorization. The FB accounts were selected based on personality and psychological makeup that perfectly match the kind of people, whom the Trump team is targeting for their political campaign ads.

There is no telling if the millions of FB and Twitter users, whose accounts were mined for Trump’s political purpose, will still believe the false social media news, as well as Trump’s tweets and posts. Hopefully, some may have realized they were manipulated into believing largely inaccurate news fed to them during the 2016 political campaigns. .

The Social Media Disinformation Campaign Continues but Under Different Conditions

Brad Parscale, the so-called genius behind the success of Trump’s Facebook and Twitter political messaging is still carrying on with the spread of disinformation. He is publicly delivering speeches echoing Trump’s false claims of great achievements, and in refuting the outcomes of the ongoing impeachment hearings.However, he is carrying out the new campaign under harsher conditions.

Inasmuch as not all members of the Republican Party approve of how Trump has performed as POTUS, the Republican National Committee (RNC) said it would no longer buy digital ads from Parscale’s firm.

Mike Reed, spokesman for the RNC announced that in moving forward toward the 2020 presidential election, RNC will now buy digital ads directly from host sites. Reed added

”This is to make sure there is complete transparency, as well as give the press and the Democrats no basis in accusing anyone of impropriety.”

Facebook Messenger Advocates Courtesy in Digital Messaging by Publishing Modern Communication Etiquette

The Facebook Messenger team recently took a survey of over 3,500 digital communicators coming from across the U.S., the UK and Australia. The objective in mind was to establish the ultimate messaging do’s and don’ts when it comes to communicating digitally with courtesy.

After completing the survey, the FB Messenger team collaborated with Debrett’s, an organization recognized as “the authority” on modern etiquette, to develop a first-of-its-kind formal messaging guide captioned as “The Art of Digital Messaging – A Guide to Communication in the Digital Age.”

Survey Results Considered in Formulating the Digital Messaging Guidelines

The results of the survey provided the groundwork on which to formulate the first formal guides on etiquette for digital messaging. That way, navigation of messages, even if sent by way of brief texts and quick chats, will still reflect courtesy and mindful thoughts.

Based on the results of the survey, the FB team found out that people from across the world:

  • React differently to messages that come with sarcastic tones. Where 31% of the surveyed Britons say they ignore sarcastic tones by keeping a stiff upper lip, Americans are more likely to react by asking for clarification in order to tackle issues head on.
  • Consider a 5-word content as the average length of a message. To which 37% of respondents from across the globe think it is bad etiquette to over-reply; such as sending 10 or more replies to every single thread of conversation.
  • Forwarding a text message or sharing a friend’s photo to someone else is deemed as a classic example of a bad etiquette.
  • Prefer to be in a chat group composed of less than 6 people.
  • Generally find it frustrating when no one replies or reacts to a question or a shared info; or when someone introduces a private info to the group
  • Claim they have been ghosted, while some dmitted that they themselves have ghosted,
  • Make it a point to sign off on every conversation, a practice common nearly half of global respondents whose ages range between 45 and 64. On the other hand, only a third of the millenials between ages 18 and 24 consider it necessary to sign off from a conversation.

Brief Summary of Etiquette Guides Formulated by FB and Debrette’s

  1. Hone message tones by not using words that evoke sarcasm and/or irony.
  2. Keep a message brief but concise; avoid going into lengthy compositions as they tend to overwhelm.
  3. Do not send multiple messages to a single conversation thread of a group chat.
  4. Ask permission first when sharing a photo or information sent by a friend, giving careful thought that a friend shared it with confidentiality in mind.
  5. Prior to joining a group chat, make it a point to know the other GC members in order to avoid sending or sharing indiscrete or offensive messages.
  6. Do not allow a group chat message to hang without a response, in case a question, an important event or a concern was raised or mentioned.
  7. Bugging friends or people you do not know very well, for quick replies is bad etiquette. Wait for at least a day before following up on a response to your message.
  8. Rather than ghost someone, give him or her a call or meet up personally to offer an explanation on why you are cutting off communication ties.
  9. If a flood of photos or updates are starting to annoy you, make a courteous and graceful exit in order to be excluded as recipient.
  10. Practice good etiquette by signing off on every conversation.

Drinking up to 3 Cups of Coffee per Day is Okay for People with Healthy Lifestyles

Recently at the British Cardiovascular Society Conference, a presentation of studies conducted by researchers from Queen Mary University of London indicated that daily consumption of coffee will not necessarily increase the stiffness of artery blood vessels. Stiffening arteries is a condition that causes stress on the heart, which can lead to greater risks for strokes and heart attacks.

However, the study eliminated factors such as smoking and alcohol consumption, as well as considering the blood pressure, diet, age, weight, height, gender and ethnicity of test subjects.

According to Kenneth Fung, lead analyst of the data studied, their goal was not to determine whether coffee drinking that is net of other influencing factors, is a healthy or an unhealthy habit. Their study only helped unravel one cardiovascular worry associated with coffee consumption, which is that of proving that regular doses of caffeine does not hurt arteries.

Metin Avkiran, associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, which funded in part the study, explained in a press release that their main message is for people to know that coffee as part of a healthy lifestyle, can be enjoyed to the fullest; since it appears from the results that caffeine does not cause stiffening of the blood vessels.

In the interview with Amy Woodyatt of CNN, Mr. Avkiran remarked that

“Hopefully, this research which rules out a potential detrimental effect of coffee on arteries, will put in perspective some of the media reports.”

How the Study on Coffee was Conducted by the Researchers

In looking into the effects of coffee consumption on artery health, researchers from Queen Mary University of London examined the coffee consumption patterns of more than 8,412 people who were categorized into three groups.

  • One group consists of those who drank less than one cup of coffee per day.
  • Another group consists of those who drank one to three cups of coffee per day.
  • Those who consumed 4 to 25 cups each day went to the group that was eliminated, since it was likely that they would be too jittery to undergo further examinations.

Examinations included MRI scans of the participants’ heart and taking infrared pulse wave tests to examine arterial stiffness. Basing their report on the results of data analysis related to the examinations, the researchers found out that coffee consumption did not appear to adversely affect artery health.

While their study indicated that drinking one up to three cups of coffee per day does not promote hardening of the arteries, the researchers cannot go as far as saying that drinking 25 cups per day can be beneficial. Still, data analyst Kenneth Fung said it would be of interest to analyze the artery health of the heavy coffee drinkers, for purposes of establishing an upper limit on coffee consumption.

Linwood Kansas Mayor Says Tornado Randomly Picked Houses to Destroy

The massive tornado being tracked by the National Weather Service (NWS) landed its 13th consecutive touchdown in Kansas City at around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday May 29, 2019. Prior to the touchdown, the National Weather Service sent out a warning that the Kansas bound twister had an EF4 rating based on the Enhanced Fujita scale and was about to hit the area.

The NWS described the tornado as a notch below the ranking of the most powerful tornadoes ever to land. The tornado was a menacing funnel of cloud that carried peak winds of 170 miles per hour. During the past 12 days, the massive twister had cut a nearly 32-mile long stretch of destruction, the longest to have occurred since 1980.

The powerful and massive EF-4 tornado hit south of Lawrence, Kansas and caused heavy damage, which prompted the NWS to declare Kansas City under a “state of tornado emergency.”

Linwood Mayor Describes the Tornado’s Uncanny Behavior

Eighteen people were injured, with no fatalities reported. The Kansas City International Airport had to shut down temporarily in light of the massive debris picked up and carried by the vortex by as far as 40 miles,

Mayor of Linwood Brian Christenson, said that multiple residents, numbering nearly 400 people living in the suburbian part of Lawrence, Kansas had lost homes. Still, he was thankful that everyone was accounted for and that no one was killed.

Recounting the harrowing experience, Mayor Christenson said he has never seen a tornado as powerful as the one that hit them last Wednesday. He went on to describe the tornado’s passing saying

“It just picked one house randomly and took it away, while the next house might not even get damaged. The manner by which it moved and picked houses was incredible.”

Lawrence, home to the University of Kansas, was left reeling by the massive tornado; leaving behind debris, power lines and large trees along streets, making some major thoroughfares totally impassable.

Two vans belonging to the storm chasing tour operator Silver Lining Tours overturned as the tornado cut a path to south of Lawrence. The incident resulted in minor injuries among the van passengers.