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8:05 AM ET, August 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Donald Trump criticizes social media companies for allegedly “discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices”, says “we won't let that happen”  —  President Donald Trump on Saturday took to Twitter to allege social media companies are discriminating …
Ian Sherr / CNET:
Jack Dorsey tries to explain why Twitter ignored rules violations by Infowars for so long, says company waited for others to report violations before acting  —  Two weeks ago, Apple, Facebook, YouTube and others kicked the harassing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and his Infowars site off their services.
Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Facebook faces continuing calls for regulation of microtargeted ads in US and Europe after probes of Internet Research Agency and Cambridge Analytica data use  —  Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.
Mehreen Khan / Financial Times:
Source: EU is drafting regulations to impose fines on social media platforms if they do not remove material flagged as terrorist content within an hour  —  Brussels plans to force companies including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to identify and delete online terrorist propaganda and extremist violence or face the threat of fines.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Charter Spectrum plans to launch a 24-hour local news channel for greater LA in November, specializing in “hyper-local” coverage of positive community issues  —  Local TV news has settled into a familiar routine: a pingpong of live shots with reporters standing near the scene of a crime …
Linda Kinstler / The Guardian:
Profile of TripAdvisor, which has become entangled in debates over free speech as it struggles to defend legitimate reviewers against litigious business owners  —  The world's biggest travel site has turned the industry upside down - but now it is struggling to deal with the same kinds …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at Andrew Kaczynski's KFile team, now at CNN, which looks for damning comments in audio, video, and social media posts by politicians and appointees  —  Carl Higbie was a top Trump administration appointee until CNN's Andrew Kaczynski showed up bearing audiotapes.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The surge in digital misinformation has created new businesses, research disciplines, and newsroom beats focused on studying and combating internet propaganda  —  A surge of nefarious activity online has created new businesses, research disciplines and newsroom beats focused on studying and combating internet propaganda.
Sonam Rai / Reuters:
Tencent-backed Qutoutiao, a China-based content aggregator, files for a $300M IPO on Nasdaq and says it had 32.1M MAUs in the last quarter  —  (Reuters) - Chinese content aggregator Qutoutiao Inc, which is backed by technology giant Tencent Holdings Ltd, filed for an initial public offering …
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Mel, an independent men's magazine bankrolled by Unilever, may represent a new, if precarious, model for media as it grows, slowly but consistently  —  “Mel” is leaving Medium and trying to grow to new heights.  Does this Unilever-owned brand's publication present a model for branded content that doesn't suck?
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Researchers find fewer third-party cookies on 200+ EU news sites post-GDPR; sites load 27% fewer cookies for optimization and 14% fewer for ads  —  Some third-party cookies were still present, of course.  But there was a decrease in third-party content loaded from social media platforms and from content recommendation widgets.
Discussion: @niemanlab and Nieman Lab
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