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5:15 PM ET, December 15, 2016


 Top News: 
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
To fight fake news, Facebook tests easier hoax reporting, uses third-party fact checkers to flag stories, punishes posts that are read but not shared, more  —  For weeks, Facebook has faced questions about its role in spreading fake news.  The intense scrutiny has caused internal divisions …
Dylan Byers / CNNMoney:
Pew report: 64% of American adults believe fake news is sowing confusion about basic facts, while 23% of Americans say they've shared a made-up story  —  All that fake news has taken its toll.  —  Nearly two-thirds of American adults (64%) believe that fabricated news stories have caused …
Lauren Easton / The Definitive Source:
The Associated Press will label stories dispelling false news as “AP Fact Check”, touts its code for accuracy and ethics amid Facebook partnership  —  As part of its broader fact-checking efforts, The Associated Press announced Thursday that it will work with Facebook to help identify …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Fake stories flagged by two or more unpaid third-parties like Snopes and AP will get warning labels, lower ranking on News Feed, but will remain shareable  —  Snopes,, Politifact, ABC News, and AP will help Facebook make good on four of the six promises Mark Zuckerberg …
Oliver Darcy / Business Insider:
Prominent conservatives express alarm at Facebook's move against fake news, worrying their voices will be suppressed and fact checking won't be applied evenly  —  Conservatives reacted with alarm to Facebook's announcement that it will partner with fact-checkers to combat so-called fake news …
Discussion: @hadas_gold and @urbanophile
Rebecca Savransky / The Hill:
Trump attacks Vanity Fair and its editor Graydon Carter on Twitter, after the magazine published a negative review of Trump Grill, a steakhouse in Trump Tower  —  on Thursday blasted Vanity Fair, claiming the magazine was in “big trouble.”  —  “Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers …
Bloomberg News:
Source: Verizon is looking to get a price cut or exit the $4.8B Yahoo deal after company discloses 1B accounts hacked in 2013; Yahoo stock down 5%  —  Verizon Communications Inc. is exploring a price cut or possible exit from its $4.83 billion pending acquisition of Yahoo! Inc. …
Jackie Kucinich / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Monica Crowley, conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, is expected to join the Trump administration as a deputy national security advisor  —  Monica Crowley, a conservative radio host and Fox News analyst, is expected to be tapped by the Trump administration …
April Glaser / Recode:
The departure of FCC chairman Tom Wheeler likely signals the end of net neutrality, as Donald Trump has publicly opposed the rules
New York Times:
The New York Times launches a confidential tips page with secure communication channels for sources, including SecureDrop, Signal, and WhatsApp  —  A strong news tip will have several components.  Documentation or evidence is essential.  Speculating or having a hunch does not rise to the level of a tip.
NJ newspapers could lose $20M a year if bill passes allowing local governments to forego publishing legal notices in print and instead post them online  —  A fast-tracked bill that would allow governments to forgo publishing budgets, bids for services and other public records in newspapers …
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Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
DirecTV and U-verse drop Esquire Network, owned by NBCUniversal and Hearst; network will still be carried in 45M homes
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Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Twitter's rule against inciting harassment means it could ban President-Elect Trump, but free speech advocates argue his tweets have value
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Memo: Politico ends Julia Ioffe's contract after she sends vulgar tweet about Trump, reiterates that its journalists should not share opinion on any platform