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2:30 PM ET, February 22, 2018

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Washington Post:
How lies about Parkland student David Hogg have spread online, fueled by forums like 4chan, media distrust, and YouTube's algorithms to increase watch time  —  David Hogg, 17, went from Florida high school student to mass shooting survivor to telegenic advocate for gun-control laws in a few days.
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Columbia Journalism Review:
At Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, student journalists are in a unique position to report on the events as they toe the line between journalism and activism  —  Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School can be see on February 17, 2018 in Parkland, Florida.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Steve Kovach / Business Insider:
YouTube, Facebook remove some of the conspiracy videos claiming Parkland shooting survivor David Hogg was an actor but, in many cases, only after promoting them
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Facebook's tool for fact-checking partners only lets them flag links, not videos or memes; Facebook says it's working on a way to add images to the tool  —  On social media, fake memes are everywhere.  And on Facebook, they're not being met with the full force of the tools available for other dubious content.
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Wall Street Journal:
Analysis finds algorithms designed by Facebook, Google, and others often struggle to detect doctored images and videos, a key tool for misinformation efforts  —  The tech company's filters can't adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images
Yoel Roth / Twitter:
Twitter's updated API will limit users from performing simultaneous actions across multiple accounts and using automation; gives developers until 3/23 to comply  —  Keeping Twitter safe and free from spam is a top priority for us.  One of the most common spam violations we see is the use …
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Twitter issues statement after a number of conservative Twitter users lost thousands of followers after bot purge, says its tools and rules are apolitical  —  Twitter suspended thousands of accounts overnight and conservatives on the platform aren't happy about it.
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom order, which repeals 2015 Net Neutrality rules, officially takes effect today, signalling beginning of various legal challenges  —  The FCC's “Restoring Internet Freedom” order, which vastly curtails the agency's 2015 net neutrality rules …
Agence France-Presse:
Media and human rights groups call Philippine President Duterte's move to ban Rappler journalists from his palace a threat to press freedom  —  Since taking power in 2016, Duterte has publicly attacked media outlets which have criticised his policies  —  Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's move …
Steven Hsieh / The Stranger:
Newsweek retracts a story based on a blog called Unhack the Vote that blamed Senator Al Franken's resignation on an alt-right bot network  —  On Monday, Newsweek published a story titled, “How An Alt-Right Bot Network Took Down Al Franken.”  Relying heavily on a blog called Unhack the Vote …
Discussion: Newsweek, The Wrap and Mediaite
Knight First Amendment Institute:
Knight First Amendment Institute announces it's receiving $6.5M in grants over five years from Democracy Fund, First Look Media, and the Charles Koch Foundation  —  The Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University announced today that Democracy Fund, First Look Media …
David Uberti / Splinter:
Intellectually dishonest critiques of media by some conservatives show that purveyors know how to get attention and want to destroy other media, not reform them  —  The Conservative Political Action Conference is a purposefully weird gathering that pairs leading “thinkers” …
Discussion: @daviduberti
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Spotify co-founders plan to retain control after direct stock listing through super voting shares, following Google-Facebook IPO playbook  —  Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon said to own super voting shares  —  Facebook, Alphabet founders keep control with similar setups
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku beats Q4 estimates with $188.26M net revenue, up 28% YoY, predicts $40M-$55M 2018 loss; active accounts rose 44% YoY to 19.3M; stock down 20%+ after hours  —  Roku had a blowout holiday quarter: The company was able to handily surpass analyst expectations, thanks largely to a big increase of its licensing and advertising revenue.
Pandora:
Pandora reports mixed Q4 results of $395.3M revenue, up 7% YoY, $97.7M in subscription revenue, up 63% YoY; subscribers reached 5.48M, up 25% YoY; stock up 8%+  —  Ad RPM Reaches an All-Time High; Subscription Revenue Grows 63%  — Q4 Revenue excluding Australia, New Zealand & Ticketfly was $395.3 million, growing 7% year-over-year
 
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