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9:15 AM ET, August 13, 2018

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Steve Coll / New Yorker:
We should be wary of celebrating any case of censorship, especially by opaque companies, because practices that marginalize the right will cut both ways  —  How should we challenge hate-mongering in the age of social media?  —  Alex Jones has drawn millions of people to his Infowars brand …
Discussion: @saraashleyo, @landryst and @niklowski
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Social media pressure is here to stay as a tactic against advertisers and platforms that support shows like Infowars, because it works, as Sleeping Giants shows  —  Shortly before the 2016 presidential election, Matt Rivitz stumbled upon the Breitbart News website, which once called itself the “home of the alt-right.”
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
Vimeo has joined YouTube and others in removing InfoWars from its platform; sources say removal came after employee dissatisfaction that it hadn't been banned  —  - Vimeo is the latest platform to removed InfoWars' account from its platform, following Facebook and YouTube.
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Dealing with the likes of Infowars on internet platforms is not a binary choice to keep or ban them; many other options exist, and they should all be explored
New York Times:
Inside Twitter's Friday meeting where Jack Dorsey and executives discussed Infowars, what “dehumanizing speech” means, and a possible drafting of new policies
Bob Salsberg / BostonGlobe.com:
Boston Globe is organizing a nationwide response on Aug. 16 to denounce Trump's attacks against media, says 70 outlets agreed to publish editorials as of Friday  —  BOSTON (AP) — A Boston newspaper is proposing a coordinated editorial response from publications across the U.S …
Kaitor Kay / WANE-TV:
Fort Wayne newspaper News-Sentinel lays 7 of its 8 remaining staff off, almost a year after going digital  —  FORT WAYNE - Almost a year after the News Sentinel announced it would halt newspaper production for an all-digital product, the paper is laying off almost all of its staff.
Michael H. Keller / New York Times:
A look at the fake YouTube views ecosystem where sites like Devumi.com and 500Views.com sell millions of bot-generated views and how YouTube is fighting it  —  Plays can be bought for pennies and delivered in bulk, inflating videos' popularity and creating an environment ripe for manipulation.
Washington Post:
Sources: when Trump expressed worries that Bill Shine could be at risk because of investigation into Ailes conduct, Rupert Murdoch rang Trump to reassure him  —  The revolving door between Fox News and Republican political figures has turned steadily for years, with failed GOP candidates finding a home at the network.
Discussion: CNNMoney, Associated Press and CNN
J.R. Hennessy / The Outline:
As the New York Times sends Bari Weiss to Australia, a look at the country's reactionary media discourse and at the paper's approach to expanding there  —  The news that derided New York Times opinion columnist and “intellectual dark web” cheerleader Bari Weiss is to be shipped off to Australia …
Discussion: @_lauban, @davidklion, @cd_hooks and @raju
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Analysis of 16K stories from news outlets in 100 communities with 20K-300K residents finds only 17% of stories were local, or about news in the communities  —  “Sometimes a story was literally just a YouTube video that they were linking to.”  —  We know that local journalism is suffering.
Discussion: The Rural Blog
Maureen Ryan / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO says 57% of its show directors are women or men of color or white women, up from 23% in 2014-2015 season; six of 11 of 2018 pilots were directed by women  —  HBO programming president Casey Bloys talks with THR about his network's “Because of Her” campaign, which highlights female talent …
 
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
A look at Zeit Online's My Country Talks initiative, which pairs up people with opposing views for in-person talks, as a dozen other outlets join the experiment
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo:
Interview with Elle Reeve, a Vice News Tonight on HBO correspondent, on covering white supremacists before, during, and after last year's Charlottesville rally
Discussion: Vox
BBC:
BBC gets blocked in China after the news outlet switches to HTTPS, recommends people use a VPN or Psiphon app