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1:45 PM ET, September 15, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
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
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 …
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
Hamza Shaban / Washington Post:
Social network Gab, favored by the alt-right, sues Google for removing its app from the Play Store, claims Google violated antitrust laws  —  The alternative social media site is alleging that Google violated federal antitrust laws when the tech giant booted it from the Google Play Store …
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Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Online radio service Slacker Radio acquired for $50M by LiveXLive, a streaming service focused on live music
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
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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
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
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Nikon enlisted 32 photographers from Asia, Africa, and the Middle East to promote a camera but included no women
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Peter Kafka / Recode:
New York Times reporter Mike Isaac is writing a book about Uber for W. W. Norton, due out in 2019