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10:20 PM ET, March 29, 2018


 Top News: 
Facebook Newsroom:
Facebook outlines steps to protect elections: fight foreign influence, remove fake accounts, increase transparency of ads, and reduce spread of false news  —  Last fall Mark Zuckerberg announced the steps we're taking to protect elections from abuse and exploitation.
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Sources: Snap cuts about 100 employees from its advertising team, the final step in a restructuring process set in motion in Q4  —  The reductions this time center on its ad division  —  Snap Inc. is cutting another set of employees, focusing this time on the advertising side of the business …
Baltimore Sun:
Serial podcast subject Adnan Syed will get a new trial after Maryland appeals court upholds a ruling that overturned his murder conviction  —  Maryland's second-highest court has upheld a judge's ruling overturning the murder conviction of “Serial” podcast subject Adnan Syed.
Scott Rosenberg / Axios:
Traditional media outlets have old grudges against tech giants, and that history now turbocharges critical coverage of Facebook's misuse of user data  —  Facebook and Google execs privately complain about the barrage of critical coverage they face, charging that media companies …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
16-24 year olds watch Netflix and listen to services like Spotify more than BBC and BBC's radio stations; over 80% of children watch YouTube, 29% BBC iPlayer  —  Broadcaster fears being ‘overtaken by competitors’ as technology firms increasingly dominate on-demand viewing
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Express Newspapers report a mean gender pay gap of 17% favoring men, lower than new owner Trinity Mirror's 18% pay gap.  —  Express Newspapers, which publishes the Daily Express, Sunday Express, Daily Star and Daily Star on Sunday, has reported a mean gender pay gap of 17 per cent favouring men.
The A.V. Club:
Employees at Onion Inc., which includes The A.V. Club, The Onion, and Clickhole, have voted to unionize under WGA, East  —  We've decided to form a union here at Onion Inc., home of The A.V. Club and our sister sites The Onion and ClickHole.  First, all of The A.V. Club staff …
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Conservative publishers accuse Facebook's algorithm change of unfair targeting, though change may be the result of users labeling them as untrustworthy  —  Right-wing sites are jumping on the beleaguered network for an alleged liberal bias.  —  Add another item to Facebook's growing list of headaches …
Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
Study of urban and suburban residents in the Philadelphia metro area finds that engaging readers and inviting participation could build trust in local media  —  For many communities, the roots of mistrust go deeper than recent concerns about what's being called “fake news.”
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Social media companies' problems are caused by their revenue models; solutions are user-run collectives, a federated social network, an automatic profile purge  —  I don't need to tell you that something is wrong with social media.  —  You've probably experienced it yourself.
Maxwell Strachan / HuffPost:
WSJ staffers say senior editor tried to pull a story about economic changes since '08 for political reasons; one ex-WSJ staffer said EIC Gerard Baker was editor  —  “This is censorship and it is beneath the standards of the Wall Street Journal," they wrote in a letter.
Alex Webb / Bloomberg:
Most of Facebook's new privacy measures are happening in response to EU's GDPR, which goes into effect on May 25  —  Mark Zuckerberg is making it easier to tear digital pages out of your Facebook.  But that doesn't mean he wants to.  —  At first glance, it's a sincere reaction to the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Facebook shuts down Partner Categories, says it will stop using data from third-party aggregators like Experian to supplement its own data for ad targeting
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Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
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