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As mayor, Eric Adams will create Office of Ethnic & Community Media

New York: The frontrunner for NYC mayor, Eric Adams announced his plan last week to create the Mayor’s Office of Ethnic and Community Media. The office will expand New York City’s commitment to ethnically diverse communities and ethnic and community media outlets. 

The City’s economic, social, cultural, and civic vitality depends on these communities at a moment when we are recovering from a pandemic and an economic crisis.  
“Our city is the most diverse city in America and that diversity is represented well in our ethnic and community media outlets throughout the five boroughs,” said Eric Adams. “I truly appreciate the critical role these outlets play in empowering our communities, and I am committed to expanding the resources they need to continue bringing vital information to New Yorkers.” 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams in collaboration with Council Member Ydanis Rodríguez, will introduce the proposed bill in the City Council this month. 

The Mayor’s Office of Ethnic and Community Media will ensure: 
·      The inclusion of New York City’s ethnic TV and radio outlets with no more than five staff members in the scope and benefits of the Executive Order 47 to expand the outreach to ethnically diverse and immigrant communities citywide. 
·      Effective coordination among City agencies for delivering vital information and resources, including paid advertising campaigns, to ethnic and community media outlets based and operating in New York City. 
·      Effective coordination among City agencies’ communications offices to guarantee the fair and equal distribution of government-related information and announcements to ethnic and community outlets. 
·      Elimination of red tape and budget caps to make it easier for City agencies to procure contracts with M/WBE media vendors based and operating in New York City, with no more than five staff members, for media campaigns and special projects, tailored to specific ethnic communities or groups. 
Currently, Executive Order 47 requires City agencies to spend at least half of their annual print and digital advertising budgets on community and ethnic media outlets, which combined amounted to approximately $10 million for 2020 fiscal year. Executive Order 47 does not include spending on ethnic TV and radio media outlets. 

The more than 300 ethnic and community print, digital, TV, and radio outlets citywide are the greatest media resource for the City government and stakeholders to communicate vital services and announcements to city residents, including immigrants and those with limited English proficiency. 

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Twitter flags latest Trump tweet for glorifying violence

New York: Twitter sounded an all-out war against US President Donald Trump by flagging a fresh tweet from him that violated Twitter policies about glorifying violence.

Twitter placed a public interest notice on the latest Tweet from Trump that read: “….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”

The micro-blogging platform said this Tweet violates its policies regarding the glorification of violence “based on the historical context of the last line, its connection to violence, and the risk it could inspire similar actions today”.

The public interest notice read: “This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible”.

“People will be able to Retweet with Comment, but will not be able to Like, Reply or Retweet” this particular Trump tweet in question.

“We’ve taken action in the interest of preventing others from being inspired to commit violent acts, but have kept the Tweet on Twitter because it is important that the public still be able to see the Tweet given its relevance to ongoing matters of public importance,” explained Twitter.

The latest Twitter action came after Trump hit back against social media platforms with an executive order on “preventing online censorship” and skewering Twitter for “political bias”, after Twitter fact-checked his earlier tweets.

Trump’s actions seek to blunt Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act which generally protects internet companies from legal liability for user comments.

Trump’s offensive came on the back of fact checks by Twitter which took the form of a hyperlink that tagged onto exactly two of Trump’s tweets and said “Get the facts about mail-in ballots”.

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