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10:55 PM ET, October 3, 2017


 Top News: 
Mary Hui / Washington Post:
CBS fires vice-president and senior legal counsel Hayley Geftman-Gold over Facebook comments saying she had no sympathy for Las Vegas victims  —  CBS fired a company executive Monday after she criticized some victims of the Las Vegas mass shooting as “Republican gun toters” who did not deserve sympathy.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Tech companies should act to prevent hoaxes and fake stories, as misinformation experts know how to swarm news events, benefiting from real-time amplification  —  When they woke up and glanced at their phones on Monday morning, Americans may have been shocked to learn that the man behind …
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How the big tech platforms including Facebook, Google, and Twitter, who've pledged to provide accurate information during major crises, are failing miserably  —  In aftermath of Sunday evening's mass shooting in Las Vegas, visitors to Facebook's Crisis Response page for the tragedy …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Facebook should have a searchable database of all ads and ramp up authenticity requirements for all buyers, not just for those self-reporting as political
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Facebook's Safety Check page for Las Vegas shooting promoted sites giving misinformation like Alt-Right News and End Times Headlines; Google highlighted 4Chan
YouTube has removed Russia Today, with more than 2.5M subscribers, from its Google Preferred premium ad inventory program
Washington Post:
Sources: Russians used Facebook's Custom Audiences retargeting tool to ID voters and send specific ads and messages to influence them
Wall Street Journal:
Verizon says Yahoo breach in 2013 affected all of its 3B users, up from initially reported 1B users  —  Company disclosed late last year that 2013 hack exposed private information of over 1 billion users  —  A massive data breach at Yahoo AABA 1.95% in 2013 was far more extensive than previously disclosed …
Taylor Lorenz / The Hill:
Ex-White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has launched The Scaramucci Post, a media company he claims will be “millennial-first” and centrist  —  NEW YORK — Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci officially launched his new media company at a Monday night event.
Bethania Palma /
More than two dozen celebrity Facebook pages regularly link to low-quality sites like; Facebook's spam filters appear circumvented  —  We tracked 29 fake domains that post to verified celebrity pages through an unknown mechanism.  Here is what we found.
Wayne Ma / Wall Street Journal:
Movie ticket sales in China were underreported by about 9% in 2016, MPAA audit finds, translating into $40M+ in lost revenue for six Hollywood studios  —  Audit uncovers underreported audience numbers, ticket sales and unreported screenings  —  HONG KONG—Hollywood is being shortchanged …
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Interactive news features often break or disappear from the web, worrying archivists  —  “I like to talk about it as reading today's news on tomorrow's computer.”  —  So many pioneering works of digital journalism no longer exist online, or exist only as a shadow of their former selves.
YouTube signs on as the presenting sponsor of the 2017 World Series, in a bid to promote its $35/month cable-like TV service, YouTube TV  —  YouTube's $35-a-month online TV bundle launched six months ago  —  Google's YouTube has signed on as the presenting sponsor for the 2017 World Series …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Reuters/Ipsos: US confidence in press rose to 48% in Sept. from 39% in Nov. 2016; confidence rose 3 points among Republicans, 11 points among Democrats in 2017  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans are increasingly confident in the news media and less so in President Donald Trump's administration …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Steve Coogan says the role of Piers Morgan and other Mirror execs in phone hacking scandal has not been properly scrutinized  —  Steve Coogan has said he believes phone hacking took place for “up to 15 years” at the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People newspapers.
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Maxwell Tani / Business Insider:
John Cook, Gizmodo Media Group's special projects executive editor and former Gawker executive editor, says in memo that he is leaving the company
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Julie Zauzmer / Washington Post:
Anthony Federico, fired from ESPN in 2012 over a racist headline about NBA player Jeremy Lin, is now training to be a Catholic priest
Yomi Kazeem / Quartz:
The family of disgraced athlete Oscar Pistorius is suing US channel Lifetime over a film about the runner's murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Democracy Fund and Knight Foundation funded community journalism engagement project Gather launches; features searchable database, case studies, other resources
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Sydney Smith / iMediaEthics:
CBS and other news outlets update erroneous Tom Petty obits stemming from what an LAPD spokesperson says was a miscommunication between an officer and CBS Radio