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5:50 PM ET, September 21, 2017

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Colin Stretch / Facebook:
Facebook says it will hand over information on Russia-linked ads bought during 2016 election campaign to Congressional investigators  —  Two weeks ago, we announced we had found more than 3,000 ads addressing social and political issues that ran in the US between 2015 and 2017 and that appear …
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Mark Zuckerberg:
Facebook will make Pages disclose who paid for political ads and let users see all current ads from that advertiser, rolling out over the coming months  —  I just went live a minute ago.  Here's what I said:  —  Today is my first day back in the office after taking parental leave.
Sheryl Sandberg / Facebook:
Facebook will strengthen enforcement of ad targeting policies, add more human oversight, and urge users to report potential abuses directly
Ian Crouch / New Yorker:
TV host Jimmy Kimmel, viewed as a genial lightweight amid political voices like Colbert, shows that little separates entertainers from politicians  —  Back during the second Bush Administration, when Jon Stewart's “Daily Show” was being heralded, and in some corners derided, as the place where …
Tim Peterson / Marketing Land:
Facebook rolls out Custom Audience tool that lets advertisers target users who interacted with physical store, called a business office, more  —  Facebook is using its online-to-offline ad measurement tools for offline-to-online ad targeting.  —  Facebook is making it easier for brands …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Parse.ly and BuzzSumo reports show drop-off in referral traffic and engagement for publishers via Facebook  —  For all the steps Facebook has taken to support publishers, two new reports offer a stark reminder of who's really in charge.  Parse.ly data shows that across its 2,500-site network …
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Freelancer Jason Prechtel sues FCC for refusal to fulfill his FOIA request for details on bulk uploads of net neutrality comments after 3+ months  —  For months now we've noted how somebody is intentionally filling the FCC's net neutrality comment proceeding with bot-generated bogus comments supporting …
Betsy Reed / The Intercept:
The Intercept announces new hires: Shaun King, Vanessa Gezari, Aída Chávez, Maryam Saleh, and contributing writers Kate Aronoff and Rachel M. Cohen  —  The Intercept is welcoming several exciting journalists to our team.  —  Shaun King will be joining us as a columnist.
Jonathan Handel / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media's video and TV programming workers unionize with Writers Guild of America East and the Motion Picture Editors Guild  —  The move adds 300 employees to the ranks of union-represented media workers in New York.  —  Vice Media employees creating video content have unionized …
The Guardian:
Facebook designates Rohingya activist group Arsa as dangerous, bans posts by and in support of it as 400K Rohingya flee Myanmar  —  As hundreds of thousands flee a brutal campaign by the Myanmar military, the social media company labels an insurgent group a ‘dangerous organization’
Discussion: @lifewinning and Engadget
Media Matters for America:
The Drudge Report linked to 79 articles from Russia's RT, SputnikNews, or Tass in 2015 and 122 articles in 2016, before dropping to 45 for 2017 through Sept. 18  —  On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine, killing 298 passengers and crew.
 
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
In the last eight months, BBC has shifted funds in “low seven figures” to make hires and establish 12-person fact-checking team to focus on in-depth “slow news”
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Tencent announces suite of ad options for WeChat designed for Western brands and ad agencies, has tentative plans for self-serve ads within six months
Discussion: Fast Company, Ad Age and CNBC
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Peter Kafka / Recode:
RIAA: 30M+ pay for streaming, which now accounts for 62% of US music biz; streaming revenue up 48% in first half of 2017 to $2.5B, digital downloads down 24%