Election Day is here and brands are doing their part to make sure you have no excuse not to vote. Levi's and North Face are encouraging staffers to vote in the midterms, while other brands such as Uber are offering customers discounted rides to polling stations. Even Google has a reminder for anyone who visits its site. Here’s what 11 brands are doing today.
Facebook is trying to stay on top of possible election meddling. On Monday afternoon, the social network’s head of cybersecurity policy Nathaniel Gleicher wrote in a blog post that 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram profiles exhibiting "coordinated inauthentic behavior" had been found and blocked. Gleicher explained in his post that on Sunday night, U.S. law enforcement contacted Facebook about online activity that they recently discovered and which they believe may be linked to foreign entities.
Facebook is also rejecting a controversial immigration ad by President Donald Trump, along with NBC, Fox News, and CNN. Trump's 2020 reelection campaign released two ads asserting that Democrats allowed Luis Bracamontes, an undocumented Mexican immigrant and convicted murderer, into the country and warning that a migrant caravan traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border includes similar criminals. Facebook rejected the ad on Monday afternoon, after facing scrutiny for letting it run on its platform. CNN refused to run the TV spot, calling it "racist." NBC showed the 30-second spot during "Sunday Night Football," but pulled the ad on Monday following backlash. The ad ran about a dozen times on Fox News and Fox Business, combined, before being pulled from that network as well on Monday.
Amazon’s search for a second headquarters, dubbed HQ2, is nearing an end. On Monday night, The New York Times reported that Amazon is close to a deal to split HQ2 between the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens, New York, and the Crystal City area of Arlington, Virginia. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier Monday that Amazon plans to divide HQ2 evenly between two cities to recruit enough technical talent.
Under Armour is telling media outlets that it is "committed to providing a respectful and inclusive workplace," following a Wall Street Journal story on Monday afternoon about how it has stopped letting staffers expense strip club visits. The WSJ reported that the strip club trips were among practices that women at the sports-apparel company found demeaning.