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12:20 PM ET, August 22, 2018

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Facebook:
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.
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 …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. TV has poached Jessica Jones creator and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg from Netflix with an eight-figure deal  —  Melissa Rosenberg will depart the Netflix Marvel drama after season three to create and develop new projects for the indie studio.  —  Melissa Rosenberg is on the move.
Discussion: The Wrap and ScreenRant
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 …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Memo: Business Insider's politics, news, and military/defense teams being moved to Insider team, as Business Insider refocuses on business beat  —  Business Insider has over the past three years expanded outside of its core business coverage to general interest news, and now it's reorganizing to reflect that shift.
Discussion: @bmorrissey, @ajs and @lmoses
Charisse Jones / USA Today:
Walmart partners with Rakuten Kobo to launch Walmart eBooks, with a catalog of 6M+ titles and a $9.99/month Audible-like subscription service for audiobooks  —  Walmart ratcheted up its battle with Amazon, planting a stake on the e-commerce giant's turf by selling e-books for the first time.
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times has promoted Middle East correspondent Ben Hubbard to Beirut bureau chief  —  Ben Hubbard has walked through a mass protest in Egypt with a GoPro on his head, covered bullfights on the Gulf of Oman, and discussed the theological fine points of beheading with clerics in Saudi Arabia.
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.
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.
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.
 
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Brent Lang / Variety:
IMDB's premium tier, IMDBPro, adds a tap-to-call feature and contact info for organizations that fight sexual harassment to its site and new Android app
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
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
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
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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
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
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