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1:20 AM ET, October 4, 2017


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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
YouTube has removed Russia Today, with more than 2.5M subscribers, from its Google Preferred premium ad inventory program  —  RT Network's YouTube presence may be part of U.S. lawmakers' scrutiny  —  As part of a wide-ranging investigation into how Russian-linked operatives harnessed social media during …
Max Read / New York Magazine:
How Facebook's increasing size and scope, potential for abuse, and new use cases led Zuckerberg to rethink its neutral role and emphasize community values
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Discussion: @jon_christian
Jon Henley / The Guardian:
Peter Madsen to be held for four more weeks as new evidence emerges in reporter Kim Wall's death  —  Cause of journalist's death yet to be established, court hears, as murder suspect Peter Madsen's custody is extended  —  The suspected killer of Swedish journalist Kim Wall will be detained …
Discussion: Reuters, BBC, New York Post and AOL
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 …
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.
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.
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
Discussion: @annamerlan
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
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
Discussion: The Guardian
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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