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CNN10 2019-11-08

CNN 10

Political Ads Pose Challenge for Social Media Companies; Museum Recalls Poland's History in Neon Lights; Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2019 Revealed

Aired November 8, 2019 - 04:00:00 聽 ET


CARL AZUZ, CNN 10 ANCHOR: Forecast for this November 8th, Friday with a 100 percent chance of awesome. I'm Carl Azuz for CNN 10. You don't have to look hard on social media to find opinions concerning politics but the political ads you see could be changing in some way or another as the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election approaches. Targeted political advertisements are controversial. On one hand they can give campaigns a way to reach and inspire specific voters and to share information that voters might not see elsewhere. On the other, they can deepen divisions among social media users and spread information may not be true. You've heard the term fake news.

Social media companies profit from political ads. The re-election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump has spent more than $14 million on Facebook ads this year and the election campaigns of the top two Democratic spenders on Facebook candidates Tom Steyer and Pete Buttigieg have also spent a combined total of $14 million. Twitter's decided to get rid of targeted political advertisements altogether. It's CEO says a political message can earn reach when people retweet it or follow the account but that these messages shouldn't be bought by political campaigns and then forced on Twitter users.

Google is a question mark. The Wall Street Journal reports that the technology company is considering changing its policies when it comes to political ads. If that happens, it could effect what you see across all of Google's platforms like YouTube. Facebook's also considering rule changes concerning political ads and that might include sharing info about who paid for an advertisement but it doesn't look like Facebook is going to start fact checking the ads that run on its platform.

Facebook's executives say it's not their place to decide whether an ad is true or false and supporters of the policy say that's the job of journalists anyway. Opponents say Facebook allows false information to be spread if an ad's found to be untrue and their concerned that campaigns could abuse that freedom on Facebook. Could these companies pick and choose which ads are allowed based on their own fact checking? Yes, but doing that has brought them accusations of censorship and bias in the past.

10 Second Trivia. Which of these nation's was once a satellite state of the Soviet Union? West Germany, Poland, Venezuela, or Russia. Poland was once a Soviet satellite state, meaning it was under the communist control of the U.S.S.R.

And it's the signs of those times literally neon signs from when Poland was under Soviet control that are attracting visitors to a museum in the capital of Warsaw. They don't advertise brand names or restaurants like the neon signs of America. They were mostly stylized ways to let people know where they'd find venues like theaters or appliances for sale. These relics of the Cold War era caught the eye of a British graphic designer who was vacationing in Poland in 2005. His efforts to preserve history led to Europe's first neon museum.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: This is the Neon Museum in Warsaw, Poland. Neon signs in the west, of course, they're all about the free market. These are different. After the death of Stalin in 1953, repression and censorship eased across the Soviet block. Poland launched a new (ph) (inaudible)

campaign to capture some of the glamour of western cities. They hired the best designers to beautify the country.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Many authorities used neon to placate to bamboozle the local population into believing that all was good. And these were sensitively created for the local environments for the public and people, no brands, no logos, just symbols and - - and calm statements.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: After communism fell in the early 1990's authorities dismantled the neon lights as highlighted in Eric Danowski's film "Neon".

The Neon Museum in Warsaw celebrates what's left behind.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I think we have something like 250 neon signs in total basing it's a flood in to our collection and they're all donations. We - -we lose so much of our open (ph) history without noticing and as an outsider, as a foreigner with fresh eyes I can see that, you know, there was something here that was being taken down, demolished, removed. There is nostalgia from perhaps the older generation. Today's generation are much more visually oriented. I think people are here for the history, the design and the aesthetic.


AZUZ: The CNN Heroes we followed throughout the year. The ordinary people who are making extraordinary difference in their communities and beyond don't just get their stories told on CNN. They're honored at a star studded event in December and the winner from that group, the CNN Hero of the Year is given a prize to super charge his or her cause. These are the top CNN Heroes.


ANDERSON COOPER: I'm Anderson Cooper. All year long we've been introducing you to some inspiring individuals who are changing the world.

We call them CNN Heroes. Now it's time to announce the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2019. Here they are.

From Las Vegas Nevada, Staci Alonso is keeping women and their furry loved ones together at her inclusive domestic violence shelter.

STACI ALONSO: How's your apprenticeship going?

COOPER: Najah Bazzy is delivering hope in Detroit by giving basic necessities and job training to women and their children.

From Denver Colorado, after seeing families lose their homes to California's worst wildfire, Woody Faircloth is providing refurbished RV's to displaced survivors.

In Ethiopia, Frewenini Mebrahtu is changing the lives of women and girls.

Donkey's across American suffer neglect and abuse. Mark Meyers from San Angelo, Texas is saving these often overlooked animals by the thousands.

MARK MEYERS: That's some good stuff right there.

COOPER: From Dallas, Texas, Richard Miles served 15 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

RICHARD MILES: At the end of the day be confident in your change.

COOPER: Today he's helping other former inmates navigate the challenges of returning home.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Long neck, just find the length.

COOPER: In Espanola, New Mexico, an area devastated by the opioid crisis, Roger Montoya is giving young people hope and healing through the arts.

Mary Robinson from Mountainside, New Jersey is helping families who are grieving, hope to the lost of their loved ones.

AFROZ SHAH: I want to live a simple life. That's what you are.

COOPER: From Mumbai, India, Afroz Shah has inspired the world's largest beach clean up and sparked a volunteer movement to save the ocean.

And from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Zach Wigal has turned gaming into therapy for sick kids in hospitals.

Congratulations to the Top 10 CNN Heroes of 2019. Now it's time for you to decide who should be named CNN Hero of the Year and receive $100,000 to continue their work. Just go to CNNHeroes.com to learn how to vote for the CNN Hero who inspires you the most. Be sure to tune in to CNN Heroes, An All-Star Tribute as we celebrate all of this years honorees live from New York, Sunday December 8th at 8pm eastern.


AZUZ: If you had an unlimited supply of quarters, how long do you think you could play pinball? No one's ever done that as long as this guy. Ryan Clancy recently attempted a new pinball world record and he didn't just do it for the glory. He did it to raise money for the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin. Ryan had to keep his fingers on the flippers except to eat and drink. He was allowed a five minute break every hour and after 32 hours and two minutes, the pinball wizard had taken the plunger and launched his name into the record books.

In pinball the play field is never level. That's how the game is "ramped" up and Clancy had to "tilt" things in his favor by "springing" into action and staying on the path while making sure nothing "bumpered" him off course. You know we're not "arcading" you when we say he really had to "give a flip" to defy gravity in scoring the new record. I'm Carl Azuz, always having a ball on CNN.