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5:25 AM ET, August 12, 2018


 Top News: 
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  —  SAN FRANCISCO — With his arms folded, Jack Dorsey paced back and forth in a conference room at Twitter's headquarters on Friday afternoon.
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
Twitter says it found 7 tweets by Infowars or Alex Jones that broke rules but accounts won't be suspended; 2 of the now-deleted tweets were made after Dec. 2017  —  Twitter said Friday that the accounts belonging to far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his fringe media organization InfoWars would …
Jeff Jarvis / The Atlantic:
Internet platforms are places of public conversations where society negotiates norms of acceptable behavior; Infowars bans show the process is starting to work  —  The essential value of the internet is conversation, not content—and journalists need to embrace it.
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed News:
Twitter suspends several accounts associated with the right-wing group Proud Boys and founder Gavin McInnes for violating policy on violent extremist groups
Bob Salsberg /
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 …
Discussion: CNNMoney, The Wrap and Mediaite
Michael H. Keller / New York Times:
A look at the fake YouTube views ecosystem where sites like and 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.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
The cable TV bundle was brought down by licensing reruns to Netflix, spending on sports rights, slimmer bundles, and lack of cooperation among media companies  —  Insiders know the cable bundle, after generating more than $1.8 trillion, has been murdered.  They don't agree on the prime suspects.
Discussion: @gerryfsmith
Alex Pareene / The Daily Beast:
Given the unusual circumstances of the vote to revoke Charter's license in NY, Cuomo seems to be punishing news station NY1, owned by Charter, for its inquiries  —  On July 19, Zack Fink, the Albany reporter for New York City's local cable news channel, NY1, asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo …
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  —  And apparently without incident!  “The ultimate goal is a less polarized debate and a less polarized, more open, and plural public …
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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 gets blocked in China after the news outlet switches to HTTPS, recommends people use a VPN or Psiphon app
BuzzFeed News:
State Department cable says a 2016 attack on Swedish news sites was part of a Russian disinformation campaign to destabilize NATO alliances
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: NBCU is licensing nonexclusive content from YouTube stars and other online influencers for its Watch Back video app, which will likely launch late fall
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
Sumner Redstone's trust restricts sale of Viacom and CBS by prohibiting any merger leaving National Amusements shareholders with less than 30% of voting control
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Regulatory filings show that Hulu lost about $357M in Q2 due to higher programming and marketing costs; parent companies to invest an additional $1.5B in 2018
Discussion: Multichannel News
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Mike Snider / USA Today:
Gannett reports mixed results for Q2, with net income of $16.3M on revenue of $730.8M, down from $774.5M in 2017
Chris Lee / Vulture:
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Laura Ingraham's remarks about “massive demographic changes” fed into pattern of white nationalist ideas at Fox News, raising questions about Murdochs' stance