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9:55 PM ET, November 17, 2016


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Caitlin Dewey / Washington Post:
Brent Griffiths / Politico:
President Obama weighs in on fake news, warning it could poison politics so that “we won't know what we're fighting for”  —  President Barack Obama weighed in on the growing debate over fake news, warning that it could poison politics to the point that “we won't know what we're fighting for.”
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Analysis shows top 20 fake election news stories generated more engagement on Facebook than the top 20 election stories from 19 major news outlets  —  A BuzzFeed News analysis found that top fake election news stories generated more total engagement on Facebook than top election stories from 19 major news outlets combined.
Global fact-checking organization offers to help Facebook with spotting and debunking fake claims and strengthening users' ability to identify false news  —  By The International Fact-Checking Network  —  Last week you wrote that the problem of fake news and false information online is particularly complex.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Mark Halperin and John Heilemann's Bloomberg show, With All Due Respect, to end on January 20; they are in discussions to stay on as contributors and columnists  —  The prominent political journalists will give up day-to-day roles following Donald Trump's inauguration.
Michael Calderone / Huffington Post:
Bloomberg News Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy named new editor of Bloomberg Businessweek amid plans to relaunch the magazine in Q2 of 2017  —  NEW YORK ― Bloomberg News Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy has been named editor of Bloomberg Businessweek, according to a staff memo.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
AOL to lay off 500 employees, or 5% of its staff, today in its corporate units; CEO says resources will be shifted to mobile, video, and data offerings  —  There will be more changes next year if the deal to buy Yahoo is completed.  —  AOL will announce layoffs of 5 percent of its staff today …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. signs deal to acquire full control of Machinima; sources say the deal values Machinima slightly under $100M  —  Deal values gamer and fandom digital programmer at slightly under $100 million: sources  —  Warner Bros. announced that it signed an agreement to acquire full control of Machinima …
Jessica Guynn / USA Today:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologizes for neo-Nazi ad, blaming automated system for error  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey apologized for running an ad sponsored by a white supremacist group in violation of its own policies.  —  Dorsey blamed Twitter's automated system …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
To cover President-elect Donald Trump, journalists should emphasize their watchdog role, represent all citizens, and be scrupulously fair and relentlessly tough  —  Well, it's official — the new word of 2016, according to Oxford Dictionaries, is “post-truth.”
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK parliament passes Investigatory Powers bill, allowing bulk surveillance, hacking of mobile devices and networks, and more  —  The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory Powers Bill meaning that is likely to be in force in a matter of weeks.  —  The Bill has already been passed …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Interview with radio host and Infowars operator Alex Jones, on his recent phone call with Trump, keeping the president-elect accountable to grass-roots voters  —  When Donald J. Trump emerged from the haze of his surprise victory in the presidential election, one of his first calls was apparently …
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