Social Media Newsfeed: Facebook Bans Ad with Sick Baby | Twitter Raising Money

Facebook rejects ad with sick baby awaiting heart transplant. Twitter is looking to borrow debt. These stories, and more, in today's Morning Social Media Newsfeed.

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NewFacebookLogoFacebook Bans Fundraising Page for Sick Baby Awaiting Heart Transplant Saying it’s ‘Gory and Evokes a Negative Response’ (Daily Mail)
Facebook has banned an ad featuring a father’s fundraising photo of his young son awaiting heart transplant saying it is “too graphic.” Hudson, who is nearly two months, has the heart disease cardiomyopathy and desperately needs a heart transplant to survive. The Huffington Post The dad, Kevin Bond, was stunned. “I was really hurt actually. I mean I kind of cried. He’s my son, I love him. And to have someone reject a picture… [of] my beautiful son lying in a hospital bed needing help — that really cut me,” he told WTVD. Bond tried contacting Facebook to discuss the matter further but received no response. New York Daily News “Facebook thinks my Son is offensive,” Bond wrote Sept. 5 on the community page, Hudson’s Heart. “In an effort to get the word out about Hudson I occasionally pay a small amount to boost posts here on Hudson’s Heart. Yesterday Facebook refused my $20.00 boost and sent the following: “Reason(s): Your ad wasn’t approved because the image or video thumbnail is scary, gory, or sensational and evokes a negative response. Images including accidents, car crashes, dead and dismembered bodies, ghosts, zombies, ghouls, and vampires are not allowed.”

Twitter Seeks to Borrow Up to $1.5B in Debt (VentureBeat)
Twitter is raising money — debt money — and is seeking between $1.3 billion and $1.5 billion, according to a filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and announcement from the company. Twitter, which went public in November 2013, is offering two sets of convertible notes for $650 million each, one due to mature in 2019 and the other in 2021.

Twitter Reaction Was Neutral to iPhone 6 Announcement (SocialTimes)
In related news, a mere six minutes after Apple unveiled the next generation of iPhones, there were already almost 120,000 tweets about the new devices. According to data from social media monitoring platform Engagor, sentiment was largely neutral when it came to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Tinder-Like App Helps Clients Find and Fall in Love With New Agencies (Adweek)
Relationship with your agency on the rocks? Looking for love with a new one? Just want to check out the playing field? A just-released app is like Tinder for clients seeking a connection with some of the best agencies in Amsterdam.

Facebook Fit All-Star Challenge Winners Named (AllFacebook)
Facebook announced the winners of its Facebook Fit All-Star Challenge, selecting two small business owners from each of the five Facebook Fit events for small and midsized businesses that it conducted this summer. The social network said in a post on the Facebook for Business page: “We reviewed almost 1,000 entries and selected winners based on their passion for their business, involvement in their community and hunger to learn more. Each of the winning entrants will come to Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, Calif., where they’ll have a day of hands-on training to help them further grow their businesses.”

Facebook Experiments With Disappearing Posts (Mashable)
In related news, the ephemeral messaging apps space dominated by Snapchat keeps growing. Now it seems Facebook is adding to the trend again — in a whole new way. In a question-and-answer section on Facebook, the company now describes how to set a post you’ve published to expire, a process that allows the message to disappear.

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Promoted Tweets Convert 160 Percent More Customers Than Organic Tweets [Study] (AllTwitter)
A new study has revealed that while promoted tweets convert better than twice as well on Twitter compared to organic tweets, paid social media on other platforms is less successful. Research by Convertro amongs their users found that promoted tweets converted at an average of 3.9 percent, compared to just 1.5 percent for non-promoted tweets. That’s a difference of 160 percent in favor of promoted tweets.

District Attorney Suggests Mandatory Kill Switch for Text-and-Drive Offenders (BetaBeat)
Texting while driving is illegal in 44 states, yet there are more than a million cellphone-related car accidents each year, according to the National Safety Council. To combat this grave ever-growing problem, one Long Island official proposed a five-point plan that includes activation of software that will automatically shut down violators’ phones as they begin to drive.

How ‘Sons of Anarchy’ Rules with Social Media (LostRemote)
The “Sons of Anarchy” premiere was trending Tuesday night, beating out “Big Brother” in Nielsen’s Twitter ratings. It’s not just that the final season promises to be the most excruciating yet. Fan interaction on social media is almost at “Scandal” levels.

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