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BET Billionaire Predicts Trump 2020 Presidency

Although the 2020 election is nearly one year away, BET founder Robert L. Johnson has already predicted the outcome. In a recent CNBC interview, the billionaire entrepreneur and philanthropist projected President Donald Trump’s win based on the President’s strategic ability to turn the tide of news cycles and to make himself the lead story . In the past, Johnson has also touted the President’s economic success. In July, Johnson discussed the upward economic trend with CNBC, indicating record lows of black unemployment . More recently, in an interview with CNBC’s  “Squawk Box,” Johnson spoke about his ability to speak with President about various issues, aiming to give credit where credit is due, “ …when I see a president doing positive things, particularly for African Americans. ” When asked if a particular 2020 presidential candidate had clenched his vote, Johnson clarified, “ I don’t think it’s fundamentally in the best interests of African Americans to be locked up in one party. ”

Emily Adeyanju

Dec 12, 2019

A New Research Series Will Explore How Facebook Impacts Elections

We’ve all seen the impacts social media can have on elections. From the Cambridge Analytica debacle, to efforts by foreign actors that specifically targeted African Americans , election security and social media have been mentioned hand in hand almost every month for the past few years. Companies have even tried to set up methods to combat propaganda and election interference like Facebook’s “war room.” However, the full effect that social media can have during elections isn’t completely understood. On Monday , Facebook announced a new series of independent research projects that would examine social media’s impact on democracy. More than 60 researchers from 30 academic institutions across 11 countries will have access to “privacy-protected Facebook data” in order to conduct their research. “We hope this initiative will deepen public understanding of the role social media has on elections and democracy and help Facebook and other companies improve their products and...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 30, 2019

Report: Most Presidential Candidates Aren't Using This Simple Feature To Protect Them From Hacks

Nobody wants random people accessing their emails, especially if you’re running a presidential campaign. After all, it wasn’t too long ago that Hillary Clinton’s own campaign emails were breached. Despite that cautionary tale, almost every 2020 presidential candidate isn’t using a basic email security feature. Agari — an email security company — released new data that showed only Elizabeth Warren uses both email authentication and advanced email security. Warren is also the only candidate to use domain-based message authentication, report, and conformance policy, or DMARC, TechCrunch noted . DMARC is an email security feature designed to reduce the potential for email abuse by using Sender Policy Framework (SKF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM). As outlined by TechCrunch, the feature is pretty useful because it can verify a sender’s email and mark emails as spam or can reject them if an email can’t be properly validated. “For US congressional and presidential candidates with...

Vanessa Taylor

Apr 30, 2019