Facebook publicly pushed back against the Biden administration’s assertion that the social media giant “played a major role” in the spreading of COVID-19 misinformation, highlighting its efforts to convince users to get vaccinated and telling the administration to stop “finger-pointing.” A Facebook executive said the company is “not the reason” that the country missed President Joe Biden’s goal of having 70 percent of Americans vaccinated against COVID-19 by July 4. (The New York Times)
Concern surrounding the Tokyo Olympics is growing as a rise in positive coronavirus cases in Japan has sent Olympic organizers scrambling to address the issue and tens of thousands of participants are entering the country before Friday’s opening ceremony. (The Wall Street Journal) A female member of the U.S. artistic gymnastics team tested positive for COVID-19 at a training camp in Inzai, a city northeast of Tokyo. (Bloomberg)
Toyota Motor Corp. has decided to pull its Japanese TV commercials related to the Tokyo Olympics ahead of the games, with a company public relations executive telling the newspaper Yomiuri that the games have “not gained the public’s understanding,” and that Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda and other senior executives would not attend Friday’s opening ceremony. (The Hollywood Reporter)
Overtime, a digital sports brand was born on social media in 2016, and set its sights on growing online video to achieve scale. Execs at the media brand for Gen Z and millennials identified from its beginnings that social media was the platform to find younger audiences and they focused on social posts and platform distribution.
More than a dozen states—including the home of Hollywood—are bolstering or considering expanding tax credits and incentive programs for movie and television production, hoping shoots can re-energize their economies.
Mainstream reporters and journalists who give a platform to so-called “canceled” public figures often get an earful from audiences who aren’t keen to hear from famous people accused of misconduct. But Michael Smerconish doesn’t seem to mind.
The New York Times has suspended star sports journalist Karen Crouse, and her future at the paper is being heatedly debated among the paper’s top editors, three people familiar with the situation told The Daily Beast, following revelations she failed to disclose her deal to write a book with Michael Phelps while reporting on the Olympic swimming icon.
LeBron James, Bugs Bunny and the rest of the stars of Warner Bros.’ “Space Jam: A New Legacy” defied expectations and won the box office this weekend. According to studio estimates Sunday, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” grossed $31.7 million in North America, while “Black Widow” took in $26.3 million.
Subway kicked off an ambitious menu revamp this week with a promotion giving away 1 million 6-inch Turkey Cali Fresh subs on July 13. But some franchisees across the US are now saying that the promotion was a flop, as fewer people than expected showed up to claim a free sandwich.
When the pandemic hit, Samuel Dennigan, the CEO of Strong Roots, a brand of organic frozen food, was no longer able to place free samples inside supermarkets. So he had to find another way to market his product.
I was just cutting into a juicy piece of steak that the chief executive of Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, had grilled and plopped onto my plate, when one of his 8-year-old twin boys asked me: “Who was your worst interview and who was your best?”