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1:15 PM ET, December 18, 2017


 Top News: 
ESPN President John Skipper has resigned, citing a substance addiction; George Bodenheimer is taking over as acting chairman of the company  —  John Skipper resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks on Monday.  —  George Bodenheimer, ESPN's president …
Thuy Ong / The Verge:
Twitter's new policies on violence, abuse, and hateful conduct do not apply to military or govt entities, appearing to provide a loophole for Trump's tweets  —  Policies now extend to hateful imagery and to conduct both on platform and off  —  Twitter says it will now begin enforcing …
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
Twitter suspends Britain First leader who was retweeted by Trump, amid enforcement of new policies that's led to a purge of accounts affiliated with hate groups  —  - Twitter has begun purging xenophobic, racist, and other accounts affiliated with hate groups and hate speech on- or offline.
Facebook is clamping down on posts with “engagement bait”, which ask people for Likes or shares, by demoting them in the News Feed  —  People have told us that they dislike spammy posts on Facebook that goad them into interacting with likes, shares, comments, and other actions.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Condé Nast representative confirms more layoffs are coming to the company but would not confirm the exact number  —  The rumor mill is churning furiously regarding the future of Condé Nast in light of two magazine consolidations this year.  —  Recently, Hearst Magazines swallowed …
Discussion: Talking New Media
Michael Calderone / Politico:
MSNBC confirms it investigated, reprimanded Chris Matthews over inappropriate comments in 1999, and made a “separation-related payment” to an employee  —  A former NBC employee who worked on Chris Matthews' show and complained that the cable news star made inappropriate jokes …
Martin Belam / The Guardian:
Twitter is facing criticism after suspending the account of prominent Egyptian journalist and campaigner Wael Abbas for unspecified reasons  —  Account of blogger and campaigner who has won awards for documenting human rights abuses shut down  —  Twitter has faced criticism after the account …
Discussion: Wael Abbas
The Guardian:
Appleby, the firm at the heart of the Paradise Papers scandal, has launched legal proceedings against the BBC and The Guardian and demanded docs  —  Offshore firm at heart of story, Appleby, is seeking damages and has demanded Guardian and BBC hand over documents
Discussion: Press Gazette
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube's subscription service, YouTube Red, has cancelled the release of Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me sequel following his sexual abuse confessions  —  YouTube's subscription service, YouTube Red, is losing another of its bigger names.  Documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock's “Super Size Me” …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
How Fox News commentators including Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, and Jeanine Pirro create a feedback loop with President Trump to cast doubt on Mueller probe  —  Bernstein: Fox hosts are abetting a cover-up  —  An anti-Robert Mueller, anti-FBI fervor is intensifying among Trump supporters …
Eliot Nelson / HuffPost:
In Flint, Michigan, the local Fox, NBC, and CW affiliate stations are all run by Sinclair Broadcasting Group, with its coverage frustrating residents, activists  —  The conservative media giant dominates local TV in the troubled city, where people say the press hasn't raked nearly enough muck.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS will expand its video streaming hub, CBSN, in 2018, following a 17% increase in viewers watching the network via streaming over the past year
James Warren / Poynter:
Q&A: new Pulitzer Prize chief Dana Canedy on celebrating the best journalism, changes in eligibility rules, and the divide between local and national outlets
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Comments by Iger and Murdoch following the announcement of Disney-Fox merger show that the deal is all about streaming and battling Silicon Valley giants
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Business Insider to launch Spanish site by the end of month, partnering with Axel Springer España; will create original stories and translate from US, UK sites
Kathy Lally / Washington Post:
Matt Taibbi and Mark Ames bullied female journalists as they ran The eXile in Russia in the late 1990s, says former Moscow correspondent for The Baltimore Sun
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Experts disagree about the continued use of “fake news”, saying it accurately describes a category of misinformation but has been overused and politicized