Alaska Airlines is the most recent company to permanently eliminate its change fees:
Change fees? We sent them packing! ✈️ As part of Next-Level Care, we’re making sure your peace of mind is always top of mind, which is why changes fly free. Fare differences may apply. Learn more: https://t.co/4NG5SRI3Xe pic.twitter.com/Na1wXQARsk
— Alaska Airlines (@AlaskaAir) September 1, 2020
Change fees will no longer be applied to Main and First Class fares “everywhere Alaska flies,” as part of the company’s “Next-Level Care” program.
Alaska Airlines also shared a video with its president, Ben Minicucci, explaining the company’s efforts:
Here are today’s top stories:
Ben & Jerry’s launches podcast about racism
The ice cream brand announced a new podcast titled, “Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America,” which it’s producing in partnership with Vox Media and the documentary of the same name. The New York Times contributor, best-selling author and podcaster Carvell Wallace will host, and ACLU’s deputy legal director, Jeffery Robinson, is the show’s executive producer and legal authority.
New podcast! We're bringing you a podcast chronicling our shared history of racism in America in partnership w/ @Who_We_Are_19 and @voxmedia. To listen to host @carvellwallace and expert @jeff_robinson56 of the @ACLU, check out the trailer & subscribe now: https://t.co/cdXlKSeZS1 pic.twitter.com/eUmfoNHPe7
— Ben & Jerry's (@benandjerrys) September 1, 2020
“Each week, we’ll explore how racism has shaped every facet of our lives and who we might become if we finally address this country’s racist history,” Wallace says in the podcast’s trailer.
Why it’s important: As you seek for ways to be involved with social justice issues, go beyond statements about the importance of diversity and inclusion. You don’t have to launch a podcast that examines the history of racism within the United States, but you could offer volunteering and donation opportunities to your employees or other active investments in addressing the chronic issue.
Twitter is adding additional context to trending topics:
No more having to scroll through Tweets to find out why something’s trending.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 1, 2020
In a company blog post, Twitter’s product manager Frank Oppong and the company’s product trust partner Liz Lee wrote:
Trends show what everyone is talking about right now. But too often, we look at one word or phrase trending on Twitter and ask, “why is this trending?” That question was actually Tweeted over half a million times over the last year! It should be easier to understand what’s being said immediately. Throughout Twitter, we’ve been working to bring people more context on what’s happening with labels on Tweets and accounts as well as curated pages (aka Moments) and related articles on trends. To help with this, we’re adding pinned Tweets and descriptions on trends to help explain why something is trending.
Though critics still point to trending topics being used to spread hateful messages or misinformation, the move to provide additional context might help social media users identify potential fake news as well as help brand managers more quickly identify and understand breaking news and trends.
In Sprout Social’s XII Edition of its Index, all about consumer “call-out culture,” it reported that 46% of consumers have used social media to call brands to the mat for messaging or business/marketing moves. More than half (55%) of those consumers get a solution or response from the brand in question.
Sprout Social reported a plethora of ways that consumers think social media is making organizations more accountable, with 80% reporting that social media uncovers unfair treatment, 70% saying it encourages transparency and 75% reporting it gives power to consumers:
You can read the whole report here.
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Facebook to block Australian users from sharing news
The ride-hailing app will start to ask passengers in the U.S. and Canada to verify that they’re wearing a mask starting at the end of September:
We’re also doubling down on our commitment to provide drivers with critical safety supplies.
— Uber (@Uber) September 1, 2020
Earlier this year, we built innovative technology designed to verify that drivers on Uber and delivery people on Uber Eats are wearing a mask. Before starting to drive passengers or deliver food, they are asked to take a selfie showing their mouth and nose are covered. To date, more than 3.5 million drivers and delivery people have completed more than 100 million mask verifications.
We firmly believe that accountability is a two-way street. That’s why we’re expanding the same technology to riders, too. If a driver reports to us that a rider wasn’t wearing a mask, the rider will be required to take a selfie with their face covered before they’re able to take another trip with Uber. With the addition of this new feature, one driver’s feedback can help ensure the safety of Uber for the next driver.
The initiative—which Uber has required of its drivers, delivery contractors and riders since May—is also summed up in a new video:
Why it’s important: Along with business continuity plans and crisis messaging, consider ways to help enforce your COVID-19 policies in streamlined ways. This doesn’t have to take the creation of a new tool or app, but rather, can be accomplished with clear-to-understand signage throughout your physical locations and announcements in a variety of content formats on your website and across social media platforms.
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The team managing 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden is turning to virtual efforts to reach more voters—most recently creating virtual campaign signs for Animal Crossing players.
The campaign said it had made four signs available on the platform on Tuesday, the day autumn started in the Nintendo Switch game. One sign bears the Biden-Harris logo; others say “Team Joe” and “Joe,” with the “E” rendered in Pride colors. The fourth carries a stylized image of Mr. Biden’s signature aviator sunglasses.
This is not the first time a political campaign tried to capitalize on a popular video game. But it may be the first effort to involve this much wood-chopping, bug-catching and buying of kitchen appliances from raccoons.
In May, The Guardian reported that 11 million people were on the Nintendo-owned platform, and user numbers have grown since then.
As efforts during election season heat up, watch for additional efforts to reach voter groups, especially younger voters on digital platforms.
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