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3:20 PM ET, September 15, 2017


 Top News: 
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Google allowed advertisers to target racist and bigoted keywords, suggested more similar keywords, and allowed campaigns using those keywords to run  —  Google prompted BuzzFeed News to run ads targeted to keywords like “black people ruin neighborhoods,” then allowed the campaign to go live.
Facebook let ad buyers target users interested in algorithmically generated anti-Semitic topics like “Jew hater”, then removed some topics after being contacted  —  Want to market Nazi memorabilia, or recruit marchers for a far-right rally?  Facebook's self-service ad-buying platform had the right audience for you.
Facebook says it's temporarily removing self-reported ad targeting fields and will improve its processes following uproar over anti-Semitic targeting options  —  Facebook equips businesses with powerful ways to reach the right people with the right message.  But there are restrictions on how audience targeting can be used on Facebook.
Jon Levine / Mediaite:
Trump criticizes ESPN on Twitter and demands apology after anchor Jemele Hill called him a white supremacist  —  The President of the United States of America was having a very active morning on Twitter, Friday.  —  After again calling for the end of the filibuster, suggesting new Internet controls …
Lindsay Gibbs / ThinkProgress:
Sources: ESPN tried to keep Jemele Hill off air Wednesday after Twitter uproar, but cohost balked and fill-ins sought by producers refused; ESPN refutes claim  —  At 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday evening, just three hours after the White House encouraged ESPN to fire her, Jemele Hill sat next …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:   NBC News hires a number of contributors for its media coverage hub, including BuzzFeed News EIC Ben Smith and Recode's Executive Editor Kara Swisher
Financial Times:
24-year-old Financial Times reporter Paul McClean has died while on holiday in Sri Lanka; officials say he was attacked by a crocodile  —  Paul McClean, an accomplished young reporter who joined the Financial Times two years ago as a graduate trainee, has died during a beach holiday in Sri Lanka.
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
Sources: Comedy Central has decided to stop producing daily, customized content for Snapchat Discover on Sep. 30, but is in talks to produce a show for it  —  Comedy Central is pulling the plug on Snapchat Discover.  —  The network has decided not to continue to produce daily …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Meghan McCain, Fox News contributor and co-host of its afternoon program Outnumbered, is leaving the network  —  Meghan McCain, the political scion who turned a stint as a blogger and TV show host into a role as a contributor at Fox News Channel, is leaving the network.
Discussion: The Wrap and Mediaite
Mădălina Ciobanu /
Supported by a grant from Center for Cooperative Media, Quartz is partnering with The Monitor, a local paper in Texas, to study the effects of climate change  —  The collaboration between Quartz and The Monitor is supported through a grant from the Center for Cooperative Media
James Morehead / The Keyword:
Google announces it is adding Community Updates content to local section of Google News on the web in US and will roll out feature in app later this fall  —  FOMO: that feeling you get when you fear you're missing out on something super awesome, interesting or important to you …
Discussion: 9to5Google, The Verge and Poynter
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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
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David Lieberman / Deadline:
SEC filing: Scripps Network CEO Ken Lowe could receive $91.6M “golden parachute” from the company's sale to Discovery Communications
Discussion: and FierceCable
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
With two weeks to go before Germany's election, two fact checkers say false news has so far failed to gain attention, as trust in media rises
Discussion: @dpfunke
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Washington Post's automated Heliograf tool has written ~850 stories in one year, including 500 on 2016 election that got 500K+ clicks
Discussion: @charliemoore
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Indian debunking site Alt News says it has built 56K FB followers and gained 5M page views in six months
Discussion: @niemanlab
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Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Nikon enlisted 32 photographers from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to promote a camera but included no women
Lucy Battersby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Lachlan Murdoch and partner Bruce Gordon make new bid for Australia's Ten Network, competing with CBS Corp.
Discussion: The Guardian and Reuters
Marty Swant / Adweek:
IAB and other online ad trade groups ask Apple to rethink Safari's “Intelligent Tracking Prevention” cookie rules, expected to roll out this month on desktop