No, there isn’t a new ‘Trump’ magazine coming out

This screen shot captured from a computer in New York on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, shows Eric Trump's Twitter account page, where a tweet by the president's son with the hashtag "HotOffThePress" resulted in several news stories suggesting the president's family was launching a new magazine. (AP)
Updated 13 February 2018
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No, there isn’t a new ‘Trump’ magazine coming out

NEW YORK: This is a Donald Trump story that a certain someone might label “fake news.”
It all started Friday when son Eric Trump tweeted “Trump Magazine 2018 #HotOffThePress” above a photo of the cover of a publication titled, you guessed it, “Trump,” featuring the family’s Washington, D.C., hotel.
Twitter lit up, with several people mentioning Trump’s earlier failed magazine efforts — “Trump Style” and “Trump World” — and others making snarky references to still other collapsed ventures. “Does this magazine come with a coupon to Trump University?” asked one.
The British newspaper The Guardian piled on with a Q&A titled, “The re-re-re-re-relaunched Trump magazine.” Time magazine published an online story titled, “It looks like Trump Magazine is Back.”
There’s only one problem: The publication isn’t new and isn’t a real magazine at all, just an in-house publication touting Trump Organization properties around the world. Eric Trump is the company’s executive vice president.
“The publication is a promotional piece developed for our owners, members and guests,” the Trump Organization said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. “It is not intended for general public distribution.”
As of Monday morning, the latest copy of “Trump” didn’t seem to be reaching even that smaller hotel audience.
A scan of the lobby at the Trump International Hotel and Tower overlooking Central Park in Manhattan turned up no copies, with requests for it eliciting a quizzical look from a staffer near the front desk.
“Take that one,” he said, pointing to a weathered copy of the 2017 version of “Trump” featuring the president’s golf club in Ireland on the cover.
“Trump” was created, or so readers are told on page 5 of the 2017 edition, for “Trump aficionados” to stay abreast of all the “incredible things we are doing around the world.”
Inside that edition are photos of the company’s two Scottish golf resorts, a ribbon cutting of the Trump hotel and residential tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, and Serena Williams at the opening of a tennis court at a Trump resort in Sterling, Virginia. Its cover bears the tagline: “Live Luxury, Never Settle.”
The Trump Organization didn’t immediately respond to a request for a copy of the latest edition.


Facebook accused of discrimination with job ad targeting

Updated 19 September 2018
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Facebook accused of discrimination with job ad targeting

  • It charges that job ads on Facebook targeted male users only
  • Facebook lets advertisers target ads on the basis of gender and age, which is against the law in America

WASHINGTON: A complaint has been filed with the US government accusing Facebook and 10 other companies of using the platform’s job ad targeting system to discriminate on the basis of gender.
The complaint was announced Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union, a union called the Communications Workers of America and a labor law firm, on behalf of three female job seekers and a group of “thousands” of members represented by the union.
It charges that job ads on Facebook targeted male users only. It also alleges that most of the listings were for jobs in male-dominated fields, so women and non-binary users were excluded from seeing these ads.
Facebook lets advertisers target ads on the basis of gender and age, which is against the law in America, the complaint reads.
“I shouldn’t be shut out of the chance to hear about a job opportunity just because I am a woman,” said Bobbi Spees, one of the three women named in the complaint.
Facebook spokesman Joe Osborne said in a statement to CNNMoney that there is no place for discrimination on Facebook.
“It’s strictly prohibited in our policies, and over the past year we’ve strengthened our systems to further protect against misuse,” Osborne said.
Facebook will defend itself once it has reviewed the complaint, he added.
The ACLU noted that online platforms such as Facebook are generally not liable for content published by others.
“But in this case, Facebook is doing much more than merely publishing content created by others,” the advocacy group argued.
“It has built the architecture for this discriminatory marketing framework, enabled and encouraged advertisers to use it, and delivered the gender-based ads according to employers’ sex-based preferences.”
Last month the US Department of Housing and Urban Development accused Facebook of breaking the law by letting landlords and home sellers use its ad-targeting system to discriminate against potential buyers or tenants.
Facebook responded by cutting more than 5,000 ad-targeting options to prevent advertisers from discriminating on the basis of traits such as religion or race.