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4:10 AM ET, December 18, 2018


 Top News: 
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this  —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
Washington Post:
Report prepared for the Senate analyzes Russian disinformation that supported Trump across millions of posts on YouTube, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and more  —  The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to analyze the millions of posts provided …
Kelly Weill / The Daily Beast:
Former far right extremists recall how they were radicalized by YouTube as teenagers because of its algorithm that keeps surfacing extremist content  —  Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm's dark side.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A branded content section of WSJ's website was hacked on Monday, with a message posted praising YouTuber PewDiePie; he later tweeted a link to the page himself  —  Popular YouTube creator PewDiePie's ongoing battle to keep his channel's subscriber count No. 1 ahead of India's T-Series took …
Max Read / New York Magazine:
PewDiePie has used YouTube to promote anti-Semitic content and uttered racist slurs but the site's culture means he will remain popular, with 75M+ subscribers  —  Last week, the Swedish YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, uploaded an edition of “Pew News,” …
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Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
CBS board completes investigation of Les Moonves, says grounds to terminate exist, and he will not receive his $120M severance pay  —  Former CBS CEO Les Moonves will not receive severance pay following a sexual misconduct probe, the company's board of directors announced Monday evening.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix has named former ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as its vice president of original content  —  She will report directly fellow vp originals Cindy Holland and also oversee a large portion of the streamer's overall deals — including working with the Obamas, Shonda Rhimes, Kenya Barris, among others.
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
When actor Geoffrey Rush sued Murdoch's Nationwide News over a sexual harassment story, the company publicly identified the alleged victim in a court filing  —  Why Yael Stone is terrified to talk about Geoffrey Rush.  —  Ms. Weiss is a writer and editor for the Opinion section.  —  Yael Stone is scared.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
To drive subscribers to Fox Nation, its new streaming service, Fox is adding membership-type benefits like access to life events, discount on merchandise, more  —  Fox News is taking a membership approach to its new subscription video product, Fox Nation.  —  Launched in late November …
The Daily Beast:
Mark Penn, a regular contributor to The Hill and pundit on Fox News who frequently defends Trump, had a decades-long business relationship with him  —  The former Clinton strategist, who has railed against the Mueller probe, said it was minor work and notes that it happened three decades ago.
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Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
19-year-old Sammy Sussman penned a 6,500 story for his university paper detailing four decades of sexual assault allegations against a music professor
Bryn Elise Sandberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple has signed “Fast and Furious” director Justin Lin in a multi-year TV development deal, in a blow to his longtime studio home Sony
James Walker / Press Gazette:
An unnamed BBC reporter, following up on a Sunday Mirror story exposing a child grooming scandal, offered copy approval to a local government official
Deborah Haynes / Sky News:
Latvia's Foreign Ministry has raised concerns with the UK over “hardcore propaganda” broadcast by two Russian-language TV channels registered in London
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