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9:00 AM ET, August 22, 2018


 Top News: 
Facebook removes 652 Pages, groups, and accounts on Facebook and Instagram after a FireEye tip led it to investigate inauthentic behavior out of Iran and Russia  —  Today we removed multiple Pages, groups and accounts for coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Interview with Jack Dorsey on harassment, Hannity, and bias: “I think an impartial product, impartial policy, and impartial enforcement can exist”  —  Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey doesn't have all the answers.  For one, he's not sure whether you should delete your old tweets.
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Facebook assigns a trustworthiness score to each of its users, tracking things like whether an article a user flags as false turns out, after review, to be true  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says it plans to remove over 5,000 ad targeting options by this fall in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising  —  Facebook is planning to remove more than 5,000 ad targeting options in an effort to prevent discriminatory advertising.  —  The bulk of the 5,000 targeting options …
Oliver Darcy / CNNMoney:
In an internal McClatchy memo, CEO Craig Forman announces some furloughs, a freeze of some open jobs, and staff reductions of about 3.5%, or about 140 people  —  McClatchy, the publisher of more than two dozen daily newspapers across the country, will reduce its staff by approximately three …
Justin Miller / The Daily Beast:
Documents in Michael Cohen's case give more details of the role of American Media CEO David Pecker and National Enquirer EIC Dylan Howard in stifling stories  —  Federal prosecutors said Tuesday, for the first time, that the National Enquirer played a pivotal role in silencing adult-film star Stormy Daniels …
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Mic forms Mic Productions, focused on developing and selling longer-form video projects to streaming platforms and TV networks  —  Starting with Facebook Watch, millennial-focused news publisher Mic is going long by producing exclusive and licensed shows for streaming video platforms.
The Argus:
Q&A with the founders of Byline Festival, a UK gathering run by journalists that brings the press, writers, musicians, and comedians together  —  Byline is the festival set up by journalists, for journalists.  With far more than just music on offer, there is plenty to discuss, debate and dance to over the weekend.
Sophie Gilbert / The Atlantic:
Hollywood movies and TV shows continue to portray female journalists as unethical, perpetuating a cultural stereotype that has persisted for several decades  —  With Camille Preaker, Zoe Barnes, and Rory Gilmore, Hollywood's depictions of women reporters have never been further from reality.
Discussion: TV Tattle
Michael Barthel / Pew Research Center:
Pew Research says audiences for nearly every major section of the US news media fell in 2017, with radio the only exception  —  Every year since 2004, Pew Research Center has issued an annual assessment of the state of the news media that tracks key audience and economic indicators for a variety …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
April Ryan says she recently had to hire a bodyguard with her own money and says people have waited outside the White House to confront her  —  The CNN contributor says she recently hired a bodyguard on her own dime.  —  Few reporters have lived the Trump administration's war against the press …
Megan Keller / The Hill:
New York Times reporter Kenneth P. Vogel shared a voicemail of a man threatening him with an AK47 and calling him an “enemy of the people”
Discussion: Washington Post and The Wrap
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apollo Global, Providence Equity Partners, and Blackstone are among private equity firms interested in buying local TV assets; no deals are imminent
Bethan Jinkinson / About the BBC:
Six months in, BBC Ideas has published ~250 short videos on a variety of subjects with help from the BBC archives team and partner institutions like Ozyfest
Luke DeCock / Raleigh News & Observer:
As The Athletic expands to cover Carolina, Raleigh News & Observer sports writer Luke DeCock says the site can't cover the community the way a newspaper can
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NBC News:
The News Media Alliance, which represents 2000 news and media organizations, has urged the FTC to take action over tech companies' “anti-competitive” behavior
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
CoinDesk, a site which tracks news and info about digital currency like bitcoin, generated $20M in revenue in the first seven months of 2018 and is profitable