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Amazon Advertises ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ Items After Walmart Removes Deals

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An Amazon Google ad promoting thousands of anti-Joe Biden “Let’s Go Brandon” items ran on Thanksgiving. An Amazon employee is pictured at a distribution center in Augny, France, on September 23, 2021.
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Amazon advertised a slew of “Let’s Go Brandon” products on Thanksgiving after Walmart removed controversial listings for anti-President Joe Biden merchandise.

Walmart removed multiple online third-party listings with the phrase earlier this week, which has recently become a popular way for some supporters of former President Donald Trump to bash Biden while avoiding the direct use of a swear word. Before being removed from the Walmart Marketplace, items offered on the platform by US-based clothing company Wild Bobby featured shirts with the right-wing slogan alongside US flags and seasonal phrases such as “Merry Christmas.” according to to Insider.

On Thursday, one of the first results of a Google search for “Let’s Go Brandon Walmart” was an Amazon ad urging people to buy “Shop Let’s Go Brandon: Amazon,” noting that free two-day Amazon Prime shipping is available. used to be. Clicking the link revealed an Amazon page including “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirts, sweatshirts, socks, mugs, hats, stickers, bracelets, Christmas decorations and at least one holiday themed faux sweater with a festive image of Trump next to the phrase. The page noted that “more than 10,000” products related to the phrase were available.

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This screenshot shows an Amazon ad for “Let’s Go Brandon” merchandise showing as a result of a search for “Let’s Go Brandon Walmart”.
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An Amazon search also revealed that the company also sold merchandise bearing the acronym “FJB,” as well as items that openly display the explicit phrases “F**k Joe Biden” or “F**k Biden.” At least a flag with the phrase “F**k Joe Biden and F**k You For Voting For Him” ​​was offered with a 5 percent coupon and had more than 700 positive reviews dating back to the day after the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol.

A review of the flag posted on Jan. 7 notes, “This will look stunning on my truck during the inauguration of an illegitimate president.” Other reviews complained that the deliberately offensive phrase was printed on only one side of the flag and that the company that made the flag was based in China.

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An Amazon page with several items bearing the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon” is depicted in this screenshot taken on November 25, 2021.
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news week contacted Amazon for comment.

“Let’s Go Brandon” entered the US conservative vernacular in early October, after a reporter misinterpreted a crowd chanting “F**k Joe Biden” as an encouragement to NASCAR driver Brandon Brown. It has since become a popular anti-Biden moniker among Trump enthusiasts, with incumbent Republican members of Congress wear matching items or repeat the sentence at the Capitol and the Sell ​​the former president’s campaign team “Let’s Go Brandon” T-shirts in exchange for donations.

A Walmart spokesperson told Insider that the anti-Biden items were sold by “external third-party sellers” and had been removed “because they do not follow our policies.” A search for “Let’s Go Brandon” on the Walmart website returned no results for the phrase on Thursday.

While there are over 10,000 items listed on Amazon, they are likely all from third-party sellers as well. The company has been criticized in the past for allowing sellers to intentionally offer offensive politically charged items — clothing bearing the phrase “Joe and the Hoe” was popular before last year’s election — and for providing a platform for third-party price manipulation. personal protective equipment and related items during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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YouTube’s new terms and policies ask publishers to provide details under IT rules

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A YouTube channel that publishes news or current affairs programs must provide its details to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB), Google’s video platform has said in its updated Terms and Conditions, which will take effect from January 2022. .

In an email to Google users, YouTube said that according to Rule 5 of the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules, 2021) Rules, 2021 “if you are a publisher of news or current affairs content, you are required to the details of your accounts on YouTube to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India”.

YouTube | .’s updated terms and conditions Source: YouTube

Rule 5 of the IT rules 2021, states that an intermediary who publishes news and current affairs content on a website, a mobile application or both “must provide the details of their user accounts on the services of such intermediary to the Ministry […]The section also says that publishers who have provided such information will receive a “publisher verification mark”.

The 2021 IT rules impose additional compliance requirements for key social media intermediaries such as Google in this case, as well as for publishing platforms across the spectrum, such as a digital news channel or an OTT platform. Recently, we’ve seen how non-compliance with IT rules has led to a months-long legal battle for Twitter. The rules are, in fact, being legally challenged in several of the country’s High Courts, with many arguing that they are unconstitutional and infringe on fundamental rights.

Instances where YouTube content is considered “illegal”

In the Upload content section of the Terms and Conditions, Google has identified instances where content would be considered “illegal under Indian law and the consequences when our systems identify such content”.

For example, YouTube said:

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  • The content you submit must not contain any third party intellectual property (such as copyrighted material) unless you have permission from that party.
  • A person or publisher is legally responsible for the content submitted to YouTube.
  • YouTube uses automated systems to analyze the video to help detect infringement and abuse, including spam and malware.

Meanwhile, the inclusion of the requirement to adhere to Section 5 of the 2021 IT Rules has drawn much criticism:

FAQs about IT rules on news publishers still leave questions unanswered

Recently, the Government of India published the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the 2021 IT Rules which was intended to provide clarity on the provisions of the rules. However, it left a number of questions unanswered. For example, here’s what the FAQ had to say in the context of news and current affairs publishers:

Evidence for news and current affairs publishers: The IT rules instruct intermediaries to publish a clear and concise statement informing publishers of news and current affairs content that they must provide details of their user accounts on intermediary platforms to the ministry in order to obtain a verification mark that is visible. is for all users.

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  • What needs to be addressed: The Ministry of Information & Broadcasting has not explained whether a contractual statement that a publisher has provided details is sufficient or is actual evidence that the intermediary needs to provide a quality mark.

Indian government approves self-regulatory bodies for news and current affairs publishers

The Indian Digital Publishers Content Grievance Council (IDPCGC) was approved in October 2021 as a Level II self-regulatory body for publishers of news and current affairs content under the Information Technology (IT) Rules, 2021, according to a notification on the MIB website.

Other than IDPCGC, there are only three SRBs listed on the MIB website:

  • Web Journalist Standards Authority
  • News Broadcasters Federation – Professional News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBF-PNBSA)
  • Council for complaints about content from digital publishers

The IT Rules, 2021 established a grievance mechanism consisting of a three-tier structure for news and curated content publishers.

  • Level I- Self-regulation by the publishers;
  • Level II- Self-regulation by the self-regulatory bodies of the publishers;
  • Level III Supervision Mechanism by the Central Government

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Sainsbury’s Ties With Amazon To Open Checkout-Free Store

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Sainsbury’s has partnered with Amazon to open a store where customers can pick up items and leave without having to use a cash register.

It opened store Monday in Holborn, central London, meters away from comparable Amazon and Tesco checkout-free stores.

Sainsbury’s uses Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology for the store, Amazon’s first partnership with a third-party international customer for the technology.

It is currently used in eight Amazon Fresh stores in London, as the retail giant continues to expand its physical operations.

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Store near Sainsbury HQ was previously open to staff in a lawsuit (Sainsbury’s/PA)

The Sainsbury’s store will see customers use the SmartShop app when entering the store, before picking up items and leaving, as cameras are used to recognize which products have been purchased before customers are charged with their credit or debit cards attached to the store. account is linked.

The new store will be on the site of Sainsbury’s first cashier-free store, which opened in 2019.

However, the grocery group ended the trial months later after complaints from shoppers who found the shopping experience difficult.

The UK’s second-largest grocer said it has recently grown in popularity for its SmartShop app, boosting sales by 173% year-over-year.

Clo Moriarty, Sainsbury’s Retail and Digital Director, said: “We are always looking for new ways to make shopping easy and convenient for our customers.

“We are excited to launch ‘SmartShop Pick & Go’, which will allow our customers to shop contactless and without a checkout, and we look forward to hearing their feedback.”

Dilip Kumar, Amazon’s vice president of physical retail and technology, said: “We are excited to partner with Sainsbury’s to enable their Holborn Circus checkout-free supermarket powered by our Just Walk Out technology.

“We are delighted to bring Just Walk Out technology to our first international customer with Sainsbury’s.

“Without cash registers, tills and self-service scanners, we can’t wait to hear how busy Londoners are enjoying the experience.”

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Cold, windy weather expected today and early this week in Lancaster County | Local news

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Lancaster County will see cold weather this week that gets warmer each day before temperatures drop again for the weekend, according to a National Weather Service meteorologist at State College.

The week starts off cold today, with temperatures around 43 degrees during the day dropping to around 28 degrees in the evening, meteorologist Michael Colbert said.

Today there will also be a “fresh, chilly wind,” with gusts of up to 40 mph that could bring the wind chill to below 30, Colbert said.

Temperatures will then begin to warm during the week, reaching the mid-40s on Tuesday and Wednesday during the day and low to mid-30s at night. Thursday will be the hottest day of the week, with a maximum temperature of about 56 degrees.

Some light rain could fall after midnight Thursday morning, packing around late morning, thought “that timing might change,” Colbert said. The day will have about a 25-30% chance of precipitation.

Thursday will be light with any rainfall.

Temperatures will be around 39 degrees on Thursday evening.

Temperatures will then start to drop again, reaching about 50 degrees on Friday during the day and reaching 30 degrees that night. Friday should be drier.

The weekend is expected to be dry, with high temperatures in the mid to 40s and lows around 30 degrees.

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