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Meta Launches New ‘Meta Prosper’ Project to Support Asian and Pacific Islander-Owned Businesses

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Meta Launches New 'Meta Prosper' Project to Support Asian and Pacific Islander-Owned Businesses

Meta has meddelat a new program to support Asian and Pacific Islander-owned small businesses, with its ‘Meta Prosper’ program set to provide educational insights, live networking events and more, beginning this month.

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“Meta Prosper will launch new channels on Facebook and Instagram to build a community for API-owned small businesses, inclusive of content published in six languages (Chinese, Hindi, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese) with the goal of driving visibility around the diversity of API voices to build social equity, influence and economic opportunity.”

Coinciding with Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Meta Prosper is hosting a range of events in May, including a live panel during Asian American and Pacific Islander business leaders, a virtual social channel education session, in partnership with Gold House, as well as a ‘Gold Gala’ event on May 22nd to celebrate the launch of the program.

API-owned businesses have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, with forskning showing that Asian-owned businesses in the US have seen a 26% decline in activity, versus the 22% general average. In addition to this, API-owned businesses have also had to deal with an increase in race-based attacks as a result of the COVID outbreak and its origins.  

With this in mind, Meta’s looking to do all that it can to shine a spotlight on these brands and initiatives, and help them maximize their opportunities.

The Meta Prosper project is another small step in the company’s broader push, and Meta will look to build the program over time to support API-owned brands.

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Op-Ed: ‘Armed rebellion’ and ‘civil war’ calls get massively unimpressed response on Twitter

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Local law enforcement officers are seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022

Local law enforcement officers are seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022 – Copyright AFP/File Aleksey Filippov

Social media does turn out to be good for something, after all. Much raging online about Trump’s Mar-A-Lago raid isn’t going over. Maybe the endless tantrums are getting a bit stale. A virtual tide of Twitter responses isn’t buying it on any level.

One Tweet pointed out Trump said “they raided my home” before it was actually raided. Trump lawyers, meanwhile, said he wasn’t notified…? Generally speaking,  warrants are not carried out on an RSVP basis. You don’t ask the crack house when would be a good time to call, for example.

You may (or may not) also be interested to know that “Trump civil war” is now an auto search cue. The headlines for that search on Google News are really something else. The unimpressed response isn’t getting any coverage, hence this article. The picture is very different.

The adult news sticks to the point – Violation of the Espionage Act, Presidential Records Act; you know, law. Much of this media, understandably, focuses on “what next?”.

“Other” news is all about QAnon-like conspiracies. (If you’ve got no facts, fiction is your only real option.) Trump’s playing along with it as usual. Trump is seen doing a Mussolini salute, an actual Fascist fist, in various styles on multiple occasions. It looks more like a trained move. He wasn’t doing that previously, and he’s not good at it. Presumably, it means “defiance”, but it looks awkward and rehearsed.

Of course, the image has a role in anything to do with Trump. Trump is pumping the pity buttons in public. The GOP and MAGA are pushing the extreme rhetoric. As a marketing exercise, it’s selling sand to people living in deserts. The problem is that it doesn’t sell to anyone else.

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These thunderous noises also don’t quite gel with the fact that Trump lawyers, who requested documents regarding the warrant, haven’t yet agreed to make them public. As mixed messages go, it’s about what you’d expect from anything associated with Trump. Is there a problem with making them public? Could be.

Rebellion against what?

There’s a bit of a practical issue with “Trump civil war”, too. Any such thing would be total coast-to-coast carnage. Sandy Hooks and Uvaldes all round, no doubt. Does America, already so happily living among the gangs and mass shootings, really want a civil war?

Maybe not?

You’ll need to answer that question. …Because over half the country didn’t vote for that and they might get really ticked off about it.

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Disclaimer
The opinions expressed in this Op-Ed are those of the author. They do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the Digital Journal or its members.

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