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11:15 AM ET, September 22, 2017


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
Gary Baum / Hollywood Reporter:
Profile of Your News Wire, an LA-based outlet run by a couple that champions populist stories and has been a target of Snopes  —  Your News Wire, a 3-year-old website of murky facts and slippery spin, is published by Sean Adl-Tabatabai and Sinclair Treadway — a Bernie Sanders supporter in 2016 …
Jack Marshall / Wall Street Journal:
Google and its partners will issue refunds for ads bought through its systems that ran on websites with fake traffic  —  Company says several major online ad ‘exchanges’ have agreed to cooperate  —  Alphabet Inc.'s GOOGL .00% Google confirmed Thursday it will issue refunds for ads bought through …
Nieman Lab:
Media in the Middle East study: Arab nationals twice as likely as Americans to trust mass media; two-thirds get news from social media every day  —  Two-thirds of respondents in the countries studied said they get news from social media every day.  —  Editor's note: Everette E. Dennis …
Discussion: MediaShift
Maciej Ceglowski / Idle Words:
When Amazon's “frequently bought together” engine grouped potassium nitrate with sulfur and more, reporters misleadingly implied site was aiding bomb makers  —  On September 18, the British Channel 4 ran a news segment with the headline, ‘Potentially deadly bomb ingredients are ‘frequently bought together’ on Amazon.’
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Misinformation hasn't gained much traction during Germany's election season so far, with false stories shared far less than during US election  —  Compared to the US, Britain and France, Germany's national election looks downright boring.  That's a good thing.
David Agren / The Guardian:
A story about a 12-year-old girl called Frida Sofia, trapped in rubble at a school in Mexico, captivated the nation but turned out to be untrue  —  The story of a child supposedly alive in the rubble of the Enrique Rebsámen school gripped the country - until it became clear she didn't exist
Ian Crouch / New Yorker:
How TV host Jimmy Kimmel, viewed as a genial lightweight amid political figures like Colbert, brought a scathing and informed voice to health-care debate  —  Back during the second Bush Administration, when Jon Stewart's “Daily Show” was being heralded, and in some corners derided …
Lucia Moses / Digiday: 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. data shows that across its 2,500-site network …
Discussion: AdExchanger, Thanks:@amontalenti
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Patricia Mazzei / Miami Herald:
How a local Puerto Rican radio station, Univision's WKAQ-AM, kept broadcasting amid Hurricane Maria, even as the roof of their studio was torn off
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
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Jeremy Kohler / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis Post-Dispatch demands city drop charges against reporter Mike Faulk, condemns “highly disturbing” arrest, seeks city protocols to prevent recurrences
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”
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